Heather Nesemeier announces bid for Ward 2 seat on Moorhead City Council

"I want to continue my service to this community, as my work is just beginning," Heather Nesemeier said in a written statement announcing her candidacy.

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Heather Nesemeier.
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MOORHEAD — Heather Nesemeier has announced she is a candidate to keep the Ward 2 seat on the Moorhead City Council, which she was appointed to fill in May of 2021 after a vacancy arose on the council.

"I want to continue my service to this community, as my work is just beginning," Nesemeier said in a written statement announcing her candidacy.

She listed a number of accomplishments, including:

  • Organizer of school lunch fundraisers that helped raise nearly $20,000 to pay off Moorhead school lunch debt.
  • A driving force at the local community gardens at the Ellen Hopkins Nature Play Park.
  • A founding member of the Cass/Clay chapter of the Awesome Foundation, which donates funds to community projects throughout the area.
  • An active member of the AFSCME Local 602 labor union, where she is vice president.

"Moorhead is a resilient city, and there is more we can build together. I want to see more community engagement, more trees, and more affordable housing," she said, adding she supports working to make Moorhead a more walkable and bikeable community.
Four City Council positions and the mayor's seat are up for election on the Nov. 8 ballot. 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 Nesemeier, the terms of Shelly Dahlquist in Ward 1, Deb White in Ward 3 and Chuck Hendrickson in Ward 4 are also expiring this year and are up for election.


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

Mayor Shelly Carlson, who was serving on the City Council from Ward 2 when she was appointed mayor 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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