MOORHEAD — The field of candidates has grown again for the two open Moorhead City Council seats as five more men filed on Monday, Aug. 12, the last day to file for the special election.
Three more men filed in Ward 3 — Larry Seljevold, Brent Behm and Edwin Hahn — bringing the field of candidates to five in the southwestern ward.
Two other men, Jeremiah Jones and Steve Lindaas, filed for the Ward 4 seat in the southeast corner of the city, bringing the total of candidates there to seven.
The election will be held Nov. 5 in conjunction with the Moorhead School District's vote on a $110 million bond referendum that would be used to renovate and expand Moorhead High School.
Holding the election then means no one will be appointed to the seats that will be vacated when Ward 3 Councilman Joel Paulsen and Ward 4 Councilman Steve Gehrtz officially resign Aug. 31 as well as save on election costs. The men will be running for a one-year term as both Paulsen and Gehrtz were elected through 2020.
In Ward 3, Seljevold, 4021 2 1/2 St. S., said he would like to see improved parks in the city. He served on the council for one term about 20 years ago. The retired teacher in the Fargo public school system said he enjoyed serving on the council then and would like to give it another attempt.
He and his wife, Karen, have two adult children.
Brent Behm, 422 37th Ave. S., said he would like the opportunity to serve to make Moorhead more competitive with Fargo in growth opportunities. He said he would like to make it "more advantageous for development" in the city.
He operates his own business as a residential home designer. His wife also owns her own business as a massage therapist and yoga instructor. The couple has four daughters.
Edwin Hahn, 4140 16th Ave. S., couldn't be reached by phone Monday, but a website he listed on his affidavit for filing shows that he ran for the Minnesota State Senate in 2016 as a Republican in northwest Minnesota, but lost in the primary. On the website, he said he was a "God-fearing man . . . steeped in the conservative values upon which our founding fathers built this great nation." He was formerly a Thief River Falls City Council member.
The three men will join John Bell and Troy Krabbenhoft on the Ward 3 ballot. The ward runs from just north of Concordia, all the way south along the river to the Bluestem Amphitheater and is mostly west of Eighth Street South.
In Ward 4, which is mostly south of Interstate 94 and east of Eighth Street South, Jeremiah Jones and Steve Lindaas entered the race Monday and brings the number of candidates in that ward to seven..
Jones, 1324 35th Ave. S., said he believes elected officials have a "cultural responsibility" to represent those people who don't have a voice.
He said "simple things can make a huge difference" when in office.
Jones also said he believes there could be better communication between the city and residents and that many platforms are available to accomplish that. He said there were some road closure and construction in his neighborhood and that there was little communication with him and his neighbors.
Jones runs his own mobile fueling company. His wife is originally from Moorhead, and they moved to the city in 2015.
Lindaas, 1123 22nd Ave. S., said he believes Moorhead is a “fantastic place to raise a family” and he would like to keep it that way in the future. He said he perhaps may offer a bigger perspective to the future of the city involving many different voices.
He also said his perspective he would bring to the council is as an educator and scientist as he serves as a professor and chairman of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at MInnesota State University Moorhead. His wife, Alison Wallace, is a biology professor at the college. They have two adult children.
Jones and Lindaas join Eric Smith, Ryan Larson, James McKinstra, Swede Stelzer and Marc Hedlund on the ballot in the ward.