Positions Up for Election

West Fargo Board of City Commissioners

  • Signatures needed: 282
  • City Commissioner currently held by Mark Simmons
    • Four-year term held at large
  • City Commissioner currently held by Mike Thorstad
    • Four-year term held at large

West Fargo Public Schools School Board

West Fargo Park Board

  • Signatures needed: 210
  • Member currently held by Ken Zetocha
    • Four-year term held at large
  • Member currently held by Todd Rheault
    • Four-year term held at large

City Elections

Cities hold elections on the second Tuesday in June in each even numbered year. Thirty days prior to the candidate filing deadline, a city must post a public notice of the approaching filing deadline. Public notice of the election is made by publication 10 days before the election in the city’s official newspaper. To hold the election (unless it is a special city election), the governing body of the city must enter into an agreement with the governing board of the county or counties in which the city lies. NDCC § 40-21-02 

Candidates for city offices are required to collect signatures of 10 percent of the electors who voted for that office in the last city election; however, no more than 300 signatures are required. 

The Petition/Certificate of Nomination as well as the Statement of Interests form must be filed before 4:00 p.m. on the 64 th day before the election. A Petition/Certificate of Nomination may not be circulated or signed prior to January 1, 2020. NDCC § 40-21-07 

  • Earliest day to begin circulating petitions: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020
  • Earliest day to file petitions: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020*
  • Last day to file petitions: 4 p.m., Monday, April 6, 2020

*The first day to file petitions falls on a state holiday making the next business day the first permissible filing day. 

School District Elections

An individual seeking election to a school district board shall prepare and sign a document stating the individual’s name and the position for which that individual is a candidate. A candidate shall also file a Statement of Interests as required by section 16.1-09-02. NDCC § 15.1-09-08 

The statement setting forth the candidate’s name and the position for which the person is seeking election and the Statement of Interests must be filed with the school district business manager, or mailed to and in the possession of the business manager by 4:00 p.m. of the 64th day before the election. This also applies when the school election is held in conjunction with the county. 


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