Two more join Minot City Council race

MINOT, N.D. – Two more individuals have announced their intentions to run for Minot City Council this summer.

Paul Pitner says he’s running for one of the three spots up for grabs.

Pitner, who was born and raised in Minot, has owned and operated Pitner Rain Gutters since 2012 and also works as a real estate agent.

Pitner played a pivotal role in the multi-million-dollar flood recovery efforts at Rice Lake and also sits on the Ward County Parks Visioning Committee.

Edward Montez is making another run at the council.

Montez, who grew up in Minot, ran unsuccessfully in the special council election last summer.

Montez says if elected, he plans to address a number of issues, including young programs, child safety, opioid abuse and communication with the public.

Pitner and Montez both still need to submit their signatures but say they have both already begun collecting.

The seats held by current aldermen Mark Jantzer, Lisa Olson, and Stephan Podrygula will be on the ballot June 12. They were each elected to one-year terms.

Jantzer and Olson both say they intend to run to keep their seat, while Podrygula says he is still deciding whether to mount a re-election bid.

Photos courtesy: Paul Pitner, Edward Montez