7 to seek 4 West Fargo School Board seats; city and park board seats uncontested

Elections for the West Fargo Mayor, judge, city commission, park board and school board will all be on June 14 ballot.

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WEST FARGO — Four incumbents and three newcomers will vie for four West Fargo School Board seats that will be on the June 14 ballot, while two West Fargo City Commission and three Park Board races will be uncontested.

The filing deadline for all three groups was Monday April 11.

West Fargo Schools Finance Director Levi Bachmeier reported that all four incumbents, Board President Jim Jonas, Jessica Jackson, Jon Erickson and Mark Staples filed for reelection.

Candidates Scott Daniel Kasprick, Jessica Jones and Cole Davidson are also seeking a seat on the board.

Jonas hopes to serve the school district and the state simultaneously. Last week, he was endorsed as a District 13 Republican candidate for the state House of Representatives.


Erickson was first elected to the board in 2014. If elected again, he will serve a third term. Jackson and Jonas were first elected in 2018.

Jackson was the second highest vote-getter in the 2018 school board election. The West Fargo native holds a bachelor's degree in child and family studies from Concordia University and a master's degree in human development and family science.

Staples, a West Fargo native was appointed to the board in 2021 to serve the remainder of Kara Gravely-Stacks term after she resigned. Staples works in external affairs for The Nature Conservancy. He previously served as deputy communications director for Gov. Doug Burgum. Staples holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard University.

Jones is also from West Fargo and is a psychologist and a parent of three children. A graduate of North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota, Jones works with children, families and adults at Solutions Behavioral Healthcare Professionals.

Kasprick is a longtime martial arts expert and Grafton native with two daughters in the West Fargo School District. He is a network expert for AT&T and his wife is a teacher in the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School District. He was a finalist for the appointment of the remainder of Gravely-Stack's term in 2018.

Davidson is a West Fargo resident.

The top four vote-getters after the June 14 election will win one of the four open seats on the seven-member board.

To file for the June 14 ballot in a city or park board race, candidates were asked to gather at least 300 signatures and file the petition.


On the West Fargo City Commission, two seats, those currently being served by Brad Olson and Eric Gjerdevig are up for election. While Olson filed for reelection, Gjerdevig chose not to seek a second term. Instead, Roben Anderson filed for election.

Mayor Bernie Dardis also filed to seek reelection for a second term.

Monday, April 11, West Fargo Communications Director Melissa Richard reported that only the three Park Board incumbents filed for election for the three open seats. Jeff McCracken, Chris Heise and Jake Lauritsen are seeking reelection.

Olson was first elected to the West Fargo City Commission in 2018, but he feels like his work is not yet finished in West Fargo and chose to seek reelection.

Bernie Dardis speaks after being honored as the 2017 Legacy Leader during the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber’s seventh annual meeting at the Fargo Holiday Inn on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.David Samson / The Forum
Bernie Dardis speaks after being honored as the 2017 Legacy Leader during the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber’s seventh annual meeting at the Fargo Holiday Inn on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.David Samson / The Forum

The retired USDA employee served on the city commission in Bowbells, N.D., before moving to West Fargo in 2006. He continues to volunteer as a teacher of hunter's education in cooperation with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

Although Anderson would be a new face on the city commission, he currently serves on the West Fargo Special Assessment Commission.

Anderson is a finance analyst at Doosan Bobcat, a position he said got him interested in serving on the city commission as he has the "skills and passion for finding the 'why' behind the numbers and how they affect daily processes." Anderson grew up in Portland, Oregon, is a University of North Dakota graduate and is married to a West Fargo native.

West Fargo municipal judge Michelle Dornoski has chosen not to seek reelection. Attorney Trent Barkus has filed to seek election to the city's sole judgeship.

As the West Fargo editor, Wendy Reuer covers all things West Fargo for The Forum and oversees the production of the weekly Pioneer.
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