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Former school board member appointed to Williston-area legislative vacancy

North Dakota House Chamber. (Kyle Martin/For the North Dakota Monitor)

A former Williams County school board member will replace the representative. Scott Dyk in the North Dakota House of Representatives after members of the District 23 Republican Party selected him Tuesday night.

Dennis Nehring, of Round Prairie Township west of Williston, won unanimous support in a vote by NDGOP district members at Eagle Ridge Golf Club, according to the North Dakota Legislative Council.

“It’s definitely humbling,” Nehring told the North Dakota Monitor on Wednesday. “It takes some getting used to.”

Nehring owned and operated a ranch in the area and worked in the oil fields before retiring about four years ago. He is also a former Williams County District 8 School Board member.

Dyk, elected in 2023, resigned April 7, citing family health issues. The deadline for candidates to file for the June primary was April 8, and District 23 did not receive notice of Dyk's resignation until April 9.

Erika White, director of elections for the North Dakota Secretary of State's Office, said it would be a unique situation if lawmakers resign after the primary election filing deadline but before the general election.

In order for Nehring to complete the remainder of Dyk's term, he must run in the November general election.

White said all four political parties that have access to ballot papers For the 2024 general election – the NDGOP, Dem-NPL, Libertarian Party and the No Labels Party – may submit names of endorsed candidates to appear on the ballot for the District 23 seat. Candidates may also submit their signatures to the Secretary of State's Office to gain access to the ballot if they do not receive endorsement from a party.

“The unexpired term will be on the 2024 ballot,” White said. “It will be an unexpired two-year term, vote for one.”

The deadline to file candidates for the November general election is September 3rd.

Nehring said he wasn't sure whether he would need to run for the seat in November but believed he would have the support of the NDGOP.

“I would like to think that’s why they did what they did,” he said.

Nehring said his three priorities in the Legislature are education, fiscal responsibility and personal property rights.

“If I do things right, hopefully I can do some good,” Nehring said.

Nehring briefly served on the Williams County School Board after winning one Recall election in November 2020. However, in December 2020, Williams County voters voted to merge Williams County School District 8 with Williston Public School District 1 to form Williston Basin School District 7. Nehring was not selected to serve on the new district's school board. according to the Williston Herald.

Nehring was also one Leader in a failed attempt in 2023 to replace three Williston Basin School District 7 members during a recall election.

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