Two residents join Minot City Council race

Two more Minot residents have announced plans to run for Minot City Council.

Edward Montez, who had previously run for council last June, and Paul Pitner are circulating petitions to get on the city’s June 12 ballot.

Pitner is a real estate agent and owner of Pitner Rain Gutters. A lifelong Minot resident, he holds a business administration degree from North Dakota State University.

Pitner said he hopes to bring positive change to the city and community. He also is running because he believes in civic duty.

“I want to be part of the action. I have no problem rolling up my sleeves and getting to work,” he said.

He serves on the Ward County Parks Visioning Committee and had been chairman of the Rice Lake Recreational District Board for three years, during which time the district conducted a $2 million reclamation project to clean up the lake following flooding.

Montez graduated from Minot High School in 2005 and has worked for Enerbase nearly 12 years. He also is a member of the Minot Rifle and Pistol Club.

Montez said he continues to have interest in working with local organizations to develop additional youth programs as he had advocated in his 2016 campaign. He also would like to help address opioid issues and find ways to ease the tax burden on residents, he said.

Three council seats will be filled in the June election. Council members Lisa Olson and Mark Jantzer are seeking re-election. Stephan Podrygula has not announced whether he plans to run again.