MOORHEAD - Candidates for Moorhead City Council will square off tonight in a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Red River Valley.
The forum will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Ave. N.
Ten people are running to fill four council seats, one from each of the city's four wards.
In Moorhead, 1st Ward incumbent Nancy Otto, 1913 6th Ave. N., faces a challenge from Torail Boxley, 1618 10Â½ St. N., Unit C. Otto is an office specialist in cardiac rehab at Sanford Health. Boxley is an entrepreneur and a driver for seniors and people with special needs.
In the 2nd Ward, Heidi Durand, 2739 Walnut Circle, and Travis Reimche, 929 32nd St. S., are running for the seat now held by Diane Wray Williams, who was the Minnesota District 9A representative for one term in the early 1990s. Williams is not seeking re-election.
Durand, who has Williams' endorsement for the council post, is a sociology instructor at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead.
Reimche is patients accounts manager at Sanford Health.
In the 3rd Ward, incumbent Dan Hunt, 3511 7th St. S., will face off against Mike Hulett, 4016 S. Rivershore Drive.
Hunt is retired from the Moorhead Police Department.
Candidates in the 4th Ward include incumbent Greg Lemke, 2647 29th Ave. S., and challengers Bert Chamberlain, 1816 24th Ave. S.; Steve Gehrtz, 3606 Westmoor Boulevard; and Conrad Larson, 1603 41st Ave. S. Lemke is director of public safety at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Chamberlain recently retired from the Moorhead School District where he was an administrator and physical education teacher. Gehrtz is a co-founder of Gehrtz Construction Services. Larson, who described himself as semi-retired, works as a groundskeeper at the Ponderosa Golf Course in Glyndon.
Moorhead council seats carry four-year terms. Council members receive a salary of $851 a month, or $10,212 a year.