State’s attorney race now goes unopposed Dickinson lawyer drops out of race after amassing write-in votes

It appears the race for Dunn County State’s Attorney will now be unopposed heading into the November general election.





N.D. Group Editor

Assistant Dunn County State’s Attorney Pat Merriman ran unopposed in June’s primary election with hopes to fill the vacancy left by Dunn County State’s Attorney Ross Sundeen. Sundeen opted not to run for reelection.

Though no official candidates applied to be on the ballot, a Dickinson-native quietly amassed a large amount of write-in votes to name her as Merriman’s main competitor in the election.

His opponent, Bekki Grant of Dickinson, exited the race this week as quietly as she entered it.

Grant, a Stark County attorney with the firm Ebeltoft Sickler, announced she had no prospect to continue in the race and had not officially accepted her write-in vote nomination.

After graduating from law school in Washington, Grant spent two years in private practice in Montana, where her practice consisted of criminal defense work, workers’ compensation matters and plaintiff’s litigation. With Ebeltoft Sickler, Grant focuses on various aspects of law and serves as lead counsel for the Dickinson Municipal Airport Authority.

In the June election, Merriman received 595 votes, compared to Grant’s 188 write-ins.

Merriman offered no comment on his opponent’s exit from the race, except to say he considered Grant a “nice girl.”

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