Deb White announces bid for 2nd term on Moorhead City Council

Deb White, currently serving in Ward 3 in Moorhead's Comstock neighborhood, has lived in the city for 22 years.

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Moorhead City Council member Deb White.
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MOORHEAD — Deb White is running for a second term on the Moorhead City Council.

First elected in 2018, White and her family have lived in the Historic Comstock Neighborhood in Moorhead’s Ward 3 for 22 years.

Ward 3 includes an area mostly west of Eighth Street from just north of Concordia College along the Red River all the way south to near Bluestem Amphitheater.

In a statement announcing her candidacy, White said it has been an honor to serve on the Moorhead City Council for the last four years.

"This is an exciting time for our community," she said. "Clay County is the fastest growing county outside of the Twin Cities Metro, and most of that growth has been here in Moorhead."


White said issues the city faces include workforce shortages, lack of affordable housing and child care, and increased strain on city infrastructure and public safety.

"I will continue to work to foster growth and address these challenges so that our success benefits all who call Moorhead home," she said.

White is a professor in the department of sociology and criminal justice at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Before moving to Moorhead in 2000, she and her husband owned and operated a small business in the greater Albany, New York, area.

In 2001, she founded NEW Leadership Northern Lights, a regional public leadership program for women.

White said her priorities as a council member include cultivating economic development and smart growth.

"I will continue to work to spur new investment in aging retail spaces and make our city center a source of pride that highlights the qualities that make Moorhead distinct," she said.

There are four City Council positions and the mayor's seat on the Nov. 8 ballot this fall.


Candidates may file paperwork to run for office beginning Tuesday, Aug. 2, through 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at City Hall.

In addition to White, the terms of Shelly Dahlquist in Ward 1, Heather Nesemeier in Ward 2 and Chuck Hendrickson in Ward 4 are also expiring this year and are up for election.

So far, only Hendrickson and White have announced intentions to run in the November election.

Mayor Shelly Carlson, who was appointed after former Mayor Johnathan Judd became a judge, has said she plans to run for a full four-year term this year.

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