Clarice Granzotto, Robert Kibler and Mike Rose have filed to run for legislative seats in District 38, representing the Democratic Party.
Granzotto, rural Minot, is seeking the district's Senate seat, while Kibler and Rose are running for House seats.
Granzotto, who has spent much of her life in the Minot area, has worked for ING for 12 years, sold real estate with Century 21 Action Realtors for five years and worked for Burlington Northern Railroad for seven years. She served as clerk/treasurer for Eureka Township for 18 years.
Kibler, Burlington, has been a professor of Humanities and Literature at Minot State University since 2000. He is co-owner of Alerohof Enterprises, a real estate and management firm. He is a member of the North Dakota Bee Keepers Association, Minot Farmer's Market and Burlington Planning Commission.
He previously taught at Valley City State University and at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. He is former director of the Northern Plains Writing Project at MSU. He also served as faculty representative to the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, is a former board chairman of the Mid-Dakota Chapter of the American Red Cross, former U.S. Air Force Special Operation Attachment to the 1st of the 75th Ranger Battalion and 82nd Airborne Division and a former construction company co-owner.
Rose has had a 40-year career in agriculture, spanning community education, economic development and production agriculture.
Americans Elect to conduct online primary
North Dakota voters could have an opportunity in addition to the June 12 primary to indicate a preference for U.S. president.
The North Dakota Secretary of State's office on Tuesday certified Americans Elect to go on the general election ballot after the organization submitted 8,000 signatures, more than double the number necessary. Americans Elect is conducting an online presidential primary, with the winner to advance to state ballots. North Dakota is the 24th state to certify Americans Elect.
To vote in the online primary, people can go to (www.americanselect.org) to register as a caucus delegate. About 400 candidates of various declared party affiliations are listed and are seeking delegate support to advance to become one of the top six in first-round caucus balloting May 8. Additional balloting takes place May 15 and 22 with the online primary on June 26.
According to Americans Elect, voters who vote in their local primaries still are eligible to vote in the online presidential primary.
- Jill Schramm
"I'm running because I see a need to develop common-sense solutions that will help the people of District 38 and help maintain the legacy we're proud of in North Dakota," Rose said. "I've spent my whole career working with farm families, business owners and communities of all sizes, and I will bring their views and concerns to the table as their representative in Bismarck."
Rose retired from the North Dakota State University Extension Service in July 2011, having served as McHenry County and later Ward County agent. As McHenry County agent, he assisted in a dairy recruitment project that included designing and building a 500-cow facility near Towner. He also worked with leaders in the dairy industry on efforts to increase the milk supply to the tri-state area.
Rose managed the family farm near Langdon for 10 years. Since moving to Minot in 1998, Rose has been active in the Minot Lions, serving as the group's president in 2003. In 2008, Rose was honored as the NDSU Harvest Bowl Representative for Ward County and received the North Dakota Crop Improvement and Seed Association Distinguished Service Award.
Republican incumbents seeking re-election are Sen. David Hogue and Reps. Larry Bellew and Dan Ruby.
District 38 includes a portion of Minot just east of the U.S. Highway 83 Bypass, a portion of southeast Minot, Burlington, Des Lacs and the townships of St. Mary's, Waterford, Foxholm, Kirkelie, Des Lacs, Burlington, Harrison, Rolling Green, Burt, Afton and Harrison Township.