FARGO — The former House majority leader in the North Dakota Legislature is running for Cass County Commission.

Al Carlson, a Republican from Fargo, told The Forum on Monday, Feb. 17, that he will run against Commissioner Ken Pawluk, a Fargo resident who was appointed to the board to fill the District 3 seat after Commissioner Vern Bennett died last year. District 3 covers most of south Fargo.

“I still have a real interest in good, efficient government,” Carlson said. “I think I can bring a lot to the table with my experience for helping Cass County on any key issues.”

Carlson served in the state House from 1993 to 2018, when he was defeated for his seat in District 41 by Democrat Pamela Anderson and Republican Michelle Strinden. The two women each received roughly 27% of the vote, while Carlson got 22%.

Carlson, who was the House majority leader for 10 years, said he is circulating petitions to get on the ballot.

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Pawluk previously served as a commissioner from 2004 to 2016. He told The Forum last month he plans to run for his seat.

Commissioner Chad Peterson in District 1, which includes most of north Fargo, and Commissioner Mary Scherling in District 5, which includes most of rural Cass County, have announced reelection bids.

The field of Cass County Commission candidates will see a primary vote on June 9, with the top two vote-getters in each district advancing to the November general election.