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Watford City Mayor Becomes Lt. Governor, Leaving Door Open for New Mayor


Lieutenant governor-elect of North Dakota, Brent Sanford, stands in City Hall for the last time as Watford City mayor on Friday, Dec. 9 following his open house reception. Sanford's term ended that evening, as stated in the resignation he submitted to city council in November. He will take office as lieutenant governor this Thursday. (Photo by Cheyenne Wiley)

Brent Sanford's six-year term as Watford City mayor ended Dec. 9. A celebratory send-off at Door 204 followed an open house event for him that evening.

Sanford will take the reigns as North Dakota's lieutenant governor on Thursday alongside governor-elect Doug Burgum. Burgum will present his inaugural address on Jan. 3, 2017.

Sanford said he looks forward to what comes next.

"It's going to be exciting taking what we learned in Watford City and applying it statewide," he said. "Doug has a lot of good ideas."

Sanford will reside in Bismarck while his wife and children stay in Watford City.

"It's going to be hard leaving my family," he said, though he intends to visit them regularly.

In the meantime, Watford City needs its next mayor. Dec. 19 is the deadline for potential candidates to submit their petitions.

A citywide special mayoral election will take place on Feb. 21, 2017, as approved by city council members at a meeting in November. Until the election, city council president Phil Riely will preside over meetings.


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