Several bankers in the Upper Midwest have their name on the ballet for Tuesday’s elections. I am aware of 13 bankers or former bankers who are running for state legislative seats. These three bankers are hoping to join their respective legislatures:
- Roscoe Streyle (R), United Community Bank of North Dakota, Minot, is running for a seat in the N.D. House of Representatives.
- Chip Baltimore (R), Boone Bank & Trust Co., Boone, Iowa, is running for a seat in the Iowa House of Representatives.
- Pat Mazorol (R), Securian Trust Company of Saint Paul, is running for a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Incumbents seeking re-election are:
- Minnesota State Sen. Jim Metzen (D) of Key Community Bank in Inver Grove Heights.
- Iowa State Rep. Tom Sands (R) of Columbus Junction State Bank.
- Iowa State Sen. Steve Kettering (R) of Farmers State Bank, Lake View.
- Nebraska State Sen. David Pankonin, Home State Bank, Louisville.
- South Dakota State Sen. Ryan Maher (D), Farmers State Bank, Faith
Eugene Christensen, president of the BankWest branch in Kadoka, S.D., is hoping to rejoin the South Dakota legislature. He is running as a Republican for a seat in the state senate. Christensen served in the South Dakota House of Representatives in the 1980s.
Two former bankers are also looking to hold onto their seats:
- South Dakota State Sen. Michael Vehle (R), Mitchell, is retired from CorTrust Bank.
- Minnesota State Sen. Dan Sparks (D), Blooming Prairie, used to work at F&M State Bank.
Wyoming State Rep. Gregg Blikre (R), of First National Bank, Gillette, is in his first campaign, as he is seeking re-election. He was appointed to a vacant seat in mid-2009.
Jeff Smith, formerly of the First Bank and Trust in Spirit Lake, Iowa, is seeking to win election to an open seat in the Iowa House of Representatives.
We wish them all well. Check back next week when we report the results of these state races.