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Thirteen people applied for a short-term appointment to fill a vacancy on the Minot City Council.
Council will consider nominations at its meeting Monday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Meetings are also streamed on the city’s YouTube channel.
The nominees are Alicia Moody, Andrew Schultz, Doug McHenry, Gary Lucy, Jennifer Weigel, Macy Christianson, Miranda Schuler, Nikki Paulsen, Roscoe Streyle, Ryan Schoen, Scott Burlingame, Trev Albright and Zach Raknerud.
The council voted to set a special election on November 8 to fill the seat and will act on the necessary resolution on Monday. The appointee would only serve until the special election, but could choose to run for office. The vacancy was created when Tom Ross was elected mayor in June, halfway through his four-year term. The winner of the November elections will occupy the remaining time of the mandate.
Moody is the spouse of a Minot Air Force Base Airman and an online psychology and political science student. She has lived in Minot since 2017. She said in her application that she plans to run for council as she nears the end of her college education.
“I know I have the passion and I know I have the intelligence. I just need an opportunity” she wrote. “My husband and I fell so much in love with Minot that we just extended five years with the army.”
Schultz owns Worthington & Schultz, a Minot law firm. He served as Surrey City Solicitor until October last year, noting that government transparency, employment issues and economic and residential development were major concerns. He also has a legal background in municipal matters regarding public records, public meetings and general municipal law.
“I also have extensive experience in public policy, as a board member and first executive director of the Minot Area Recovery Community Organization, as a substance abuse advocate for a decade in my practice of right through our legal systems and by participating in local politics. I have found friends from all political backgrounds on a number of issues, and I have been known to be able to discuss issues and policies with people who disagree with me,” he wrote.
Schultz also wrote that a candidate in November should not have the benefit of being an incumbent appointee, which is why he plans not to run for the seat.
McHenry, a 26-year Minot resident, cited his experience working in state government.
“My experience working in the state gives me a unique ability to apply government knowledge, in all its forms, to business processes. Some of my business process knowledge includes accounting, finance, facilities, inventory control, budgeting, vendor management, security consulting, and various operational processes,” he wrote.
McHenry also served as president and treasurer of a local sports group.
Lucy, a 28-year Minot resident, owns Probitas Promotions, Inc. He said he will bring the ability to communicate cooperatively with an open mind. As a CFO, he said, he’s used to financial assessments and budgets.
“The citizens of Minot and visitors to the community rely on the good judgment of Minot City Council to keep costs down while making sound investment decisions that allow the community to be a great place to live, work and visit”, he wrote. “As a long-time resident, I have had very positive experiences with the community offerings. However, I also recognized that there are always new, unforeseen challenges that need to be addressed and that there are limitless opportunities for improvement.
Weigel, a Minot native, is an administrative assistant for the Burleigh-Morton County Public Defenders Office, having worked in the legal field for more than 10 years in Minot. She is training chairperson for the Northern Lights, Tomahawk District of the Boy Scouts of America. She is also secretary of the Minot Men’s Winter Refuge Board of Directors and volunteers with other nonprofit organizations. She was a founding member of the midday group Toastmasters.
“I believe the skills I learned working for the public would help bring perspective as well as authenticity to the position if given the chance,” she says.
Christianson is a financial administrator for Wagons West Management, which includes Pizza Ranch. Previously, she worked as a case manager for a Minot Women’s Shelter and for Minot Public Schools as a paraprofessional.
She has been involved in community organizations as a volunteer and board member. She was Miss North Dakota and currently serves on the board of directors for North Dakota Miss Amazing, an organization for women and girls with disabilities that focuses on inclusivity.
“Serving my community has always been a big part of my life,” she wrote. “Being involved with our vulnerable populations, our school system and the local business sector has exposed me to all the unique aspects of our city. »
Schuler is an insurance business owner, former board member and former school board member who ran for mayor in last June’s election. She wrote that her previous government experiences and attendance at the city’s preliminary budget meetings this year will minimize the learning curve. She noted that if appointed, she would be the only council member personally affected by the 2011 flood.
“I enjoy a challenge, consider public service an honor and hold myself to a very high ethical standard, both personally and professionally,” she wrote.
Paulsen is an active volunteer, serving on the Second Story Club Board of Directors and the Kalix Human Rights Committee. She wrote that the past decision to reduce the size of the city council failed to achieve the goal of bringing in new voices.
“Reducing the size of the city council ended up preventing new voices from having a say in running the city. The end of the ward system also ended the representation of working families from Ward 2. As a resident of Ward 2 for over 40 years, I am submitting my name for the vacant seat,” she wrote.
Streyle, a banker and former lawmaker, said he plans to run in November if elected. He previously ran in 2020 for the board.
Streyle, who has lived and worked in Minot for 21 years, cited his strong relationships with state officials and city employees. He said his background in banking gives him a unique perspective on small business.
“Minot must be the best place to do business in the state. It’s one of my passions. The municipal government must be growth-oriented and above all respond to the needs of the population and the community,” he wrote. “My business and public service experience puts me in a good position to take the lead in the difficult decisions that will have to be made in the coming months regarding the Town of Minot’s budget. It won’t be easy to fund priorities and pass a balanced budget without raising taxes, but I know I can make a valuable contribution at this critical time.
Schoen is a fuel transport driver. He is a former volunteer firefighter and security guard. He moved from Wisconsin to Minot in October 2013.
“I believe in the balance between the private sector and the public sector”, he wrote. “I am also aware that there will always be questions about the appropriate role of government and what is not. This is where I see the need for balance.
“A lot of people who live here are hard-working Americans who also moved here for work,” he added. “I admire those who are productive and creative in their pursuit of the American dream. Minot has given so much to me and my family and I want to share that joy and perspective with so many others.
Burlingame is executive director of Independence, Inc.; president of the Minot Alliance of non-profit organizations; state chairman of Affordable Housing Developers Incorporated; and past president of the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living. He ran for city council in 2020.
“However, before running or after this election, I never waited to be elected to find ways to strengthen this community. I have served on local, state and national boards, councils and commissions that are dedicated to making this community stronger,” he wrote.
He sits on the Minot Area Chamber EDC Government Affairs Committee, participated in the Census Full Count Committee, and served on the Minot Housing and Community Character Focus Group.
“I have a demonstrated history of community involvement and leadership that will help me make this council stronger. I have extensive experience working with people from diverse backgrounds to get things done and I have extensive experience making complex budget decisions,” he wrote.
A Minot native, Albright is an architect who spent 15 years with the US Army Corps of Engineers overseeing construction projects in North Dakota, Montana and South Dakota. He returned to Minot in 1995 to work as a base architect at Minot Air Force Base, and for the past seven years has served as a technical flight leader in the base’s civil engineering squadron.
He also volunteers in various youth programs, including 23 years as a hockey coach and 14 years on the board of the Minot Hockey Boosters. He served on the recovery committee after the 2011 floods, is a past chair of the Minot High Drawing Class Advisory Committee, and past president of the Minot Gun Dog Club.
“I think my experience working for the Air Force and the Corps of Engineers, my knowledge of construction and my involvement with youth organizations would be an asset to the city council,” he wrote.
Raknerud had been on the June ballot to fill another council opening.
“Thanks to this experience, I was able to win the support and enthusiasm of many voters,” he wrote. “Many have contacted me asking me to apply for this appointment because they appreciated my campaign and the perspective I would bring.”
Raknerud, who works as a sales manager, said his priority is to be a positive representative for Minot and to make informed decisions in the best interest of the community. He has indicated his interest in running in November.