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Teachers crowd field of candidates vying for 3 seats on Moorhead School Board

The school board seven seats, with those of incumbents Keith Vogt, Rachel Stone and Kara Gloe up for reelection on Nov. 8. Among the incumbents, only Vogt is running for reelection, and 10 others have filed to have their names on the ballot.

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Moorhead High School is seen Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
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MOORHEAD — Eleven people are vying for three open school board seats in the November Moorhead Area Public Schools election, and several among them are current or retired teachers.

The school board has seven seats, with those of incumbents Keith Vogt, Rachel Stone and Kara Gloe up for election on Nov. 8.

Among the incumbents, only Vogt is running for reelection. He was elected to his first term in 2018.

Candidates are elected at-large to four-year terms on the board. Registration for the Nov. 8 election closed Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Challengers who filed candidate papers include Marissa Ahlering, Lorilee Bergin, Lisa Hahn, Scott Kostohryz, Ken Lucier, David Marquardt, Nikki Pollock, Clint Rossland, Kristine Thompson and Kent Wolford.


Thompson previously served on the school board from 1998 until 2013, when she took a job with the school district. She left that post in 2021.

Wolford is a retired teacher who worked in education for 39 years, with about 29 of those years spent teaching in Moorhead schools.

Marquardt taught in Fargo Public Schools for 21 years and was the Fargo Education Association president for five years. He is now working with North Dakota United, a labor union representing educators and public employees.

Kostohryz has been a police officer in Moorhead for 22 years and has been supervising the district School Resource Officer program for the past 10 years.

Bergin has been an elementary teacher in Fargo Public Schools for the past 12 years.

Ahlering is a lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy, a nonprofit environmental organization.

Rossland has been working at Sanford Health in the planning and instructional department as a health systems engineer for 12 years.

Ahlering, Bergin and Rossland have all expressed a stand that politics have no place in public schools.


Hahn, Pollock and Lucier are working as a team, advertising their goals together on a shared Facebook page . They’re hoping to sweep the three open seats.

As a teacher of ESL, special education and music, Hahn has experience working with challenged students and supports parents and teachers, not the government, deciding what is best for children, she announced on the group’s Facebook page.

Lisa Hahn is married to Edwin Hahn, ousted chair of the Clay County Republicans who disputed his removal from that post and lost a bid to be the Republican-endorsed candidate for state Senate in District 4 in Minnesota's primary election Aug. 9.

Lucier was in the military for about 10 years and has 22 years of experience being a federal employee. He made two unsuccessful runs for the school board in the 1980s.

According to information on the Facebook page Pollock shares with Lucier and Hahn, Pollock is a single mother who "knows the challenges and rewards of parenting and the proper role of schools — to both educate and cultivate character of students."

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