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UPDATE: Jamestown school referendum defeated

Good candidates, poor voter turnout

 

Voters in Jamestown decided Tuesday to make a change in leadership, although the new face in the mayor’s office will be familiar to many residents.

Dwaine Heinrich defeated incumbent Katie Andersen, who was seeking her third term. Heinrich is a former candidate for mayor and previously served on the Jamestown City Council.

Sixteen Jamestown residents ran for local offices in Tuesday’s primary election. They sought to serve on the City Council, Jamestown Public School Board or Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission.

All of the candidates ran positive campaigns and are good examples of what local democracy should look like: local people presenting themselves and their ideas to their fellow citizens, who voted on who best represented the community’s goals and ideals.

While the number of candidates was a positive, the voter turnout was less than spectacular. The North Dakota Office of Secretary of State said only 21 percent of the estimated 16,810 eligible voters in Stutsman County went to the polls. That’s 3,517 people. North Dakota does not have voter registration; the estimated eligible voter number is based on U.S. Census Bureau data on the population 18 years of age or older. That means only one person in five took the time to cast a vote on the community’s future Tuesday.

In the United States, voting is a right. It is a right more people should use.

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management and the newspaper’s editorial board.

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