All Cass County government candidates move on to general election

Races include seats for sheriff, state's attorney, Garrison diversion conservancy director and two county commissioners.

Cass County Courthouse west addition
The Cass County Courthouse. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
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FARGO — All candidates in five Cass County races will move on to the general election, but early results may give insight to what could happen in November.

Unofficial results were posted around 11:20 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, for the primary election. The top two votegetters for each seat move on to the general election in November.

All races for Cass County had, at most, two candidates, meaning all hopefuls will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The closest race was for state's attorney. With 50.04%, Ryan Younggren narrowly beat Kim Hegvik. She received 49.74% of the vote.

The two prosecutors want to succeed Birch Burdick, the longest-serving Cass County state's attorney. He announced he would not seek reelection after 24 years in that role.


Tony Grindberg outpaced Ben Hanson for the County Commission seat in District 2, according to unofficial results from the primary election. Grindberg grabbed 53% of the vote to Hanson's 47%.

The winner of that race will take over for Commissioner Rick Steen, who announced he would not seek reelection this year after first being elected in 2014.

In the District 4 commission race, Adam Martin led incumbent Duane Breitling, garnering 53% over Breitling’s 47%.

The Cass County Commission is broken down into five districts, with one person from each district sitting on the board.

Sheriff Jesse Jahner is on track to keep his job, grabbing 86% of the early vote results. Deputy Mathew King challenged Jahner but only had 14%.

Jeff Ledoux is the lone candidate in the race to be Cass County’s Garrison Diversion Conservancy director. He is expected to replace Roger Fenstad.

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April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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