Scot Kelsh

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Scot Kelsh
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North Dakota House of Representatives District 11
Former member
In office
1996-2014
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1996
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sNorth Dakota State University, 1993
Personal
BirthdayAugust 14, 1962
Place of birthEllendale, ND
ProfessionFirefighter
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Campaign website
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Scot Kelsh (b. August 14, 1962) is a former Democratic-NPL member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 11 from 1996 to 2014. Kelsh announced in February 2014 that he would not seek re-election in November because of his 2013 DUI arrest.[1]

Biography

Kelsh earned his B.S. and B.A. from North Dakota State University. His professional experience includes working as an intern architect at Yhrshrw, Architects Limited since 1995 and as a firefighter.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy and Natural Resources
Finance and Taxation

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kelsh served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kelsh served on the following committee:

Elections

2012

See also: North Dakota down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Kelsh ran for North Dakota State Auditor in 2012. He was unopposed in the primary election and was defeated by incumbent Republican Robert Peterson in the November general election.[3][4]

North Dakota State Auditor General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Peterson Incumbent 62.6% 188,859
     Democratic Scot Kelsh 37.4% 112,803
Total Votes 301,662
Election Results via North Dakota Secretary of State.

2010

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Kelsh won re-election to one of two seats in District 11 of the North Dakota House of Representatives. Ron Guggisberg (D) and Kelsh defeated David Gibb (R) and Zach Heuer (R) in the general election.[5][6]

North Dakota State House, District 11
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Scot Kelsh (D) 2,154
Green check mark transparent.png Ron Guggisberg (D) 2,114
David Gibb (R) 1,516
Zach Heuer (R) 1,283
Mike Williams (I) 1,123

2006

See also: North Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Ekstrom won election by finishing 2nd out of 4 candidates for District 11 of the North Dakota House of Representatives.[7]

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 11
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Scot Kelsh (D-NPL) 2,250
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Ekstrom (D-NPL) 2,320
Kellie Aldrich (R) 1,419
Zach Heuer (R) 1,311

Campaign donors

2012

Kelsh lost the election to the position of North Dakota Auditor in 2012. During that election cycle, Kelsh raised a total of $21,253.

2010

In 2010, Kelsh received $7,700 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

North Dakota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Scot Kelsh's campaign in 2010
International Association Of Fire Fighters$2,500
Boilermakers Local 647$1,400
House Democratic-NPL Caucus Of North Dakota$1,350
North Dakota Association Of Telecommunications Cooperatives$750
North Dakota Association Of Rural Electric Cooperatives$400
Total Raised in 2010 $7,700

2006

In 2006, Kelsh collected $1,825 in donations.[9]

These were the largest contributors in 2006.

Donor Amount
NORTH DAKOTA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS $500
NORTH DAKOTA CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION $300
NORTH DAKOTA EDUCATION ASSOCIATION $275
DAK PAC $250
NORTH DAKOTA ASSOCIATION OF TELEPHONE COOPERATIVES $250
NORTH DAKOTA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION $250

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in session from January 8 to May 4. In 2014, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills impacting North Dakota's business community.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in regular session from January 4 through April 28. A special session was called by Governor Jack Dalrymple from November 7 through 12 to cover legislative redistricting and disaster relief.[10] In 2012, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
  • Legislators are scored on how they voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to women's issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

NDPC: North Dakota Legislative Review

See also: North Dakota Policy Council: North Dakota Legislative Review

The North Dakota Policy Council, a North Dakota-based nonprofit research organization which describes itself as "liberty-based", published the North Dakota Legislative Review, a comprehensive report on how state legislators voted during the 2011 legislative session. The scorecard seeks to show how North Dakota legislators voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote. The Council recorded and scored votes on both spending bills and policy bills, and awarded points accordingly. Policy issues voted upon included income tax cuts, pension reform, and government transparency. On spending legislation, the Council accorded a percentage score based on how much spending the legislator voted against. On policy legislation, scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Council.[11] Kelsh received a score of 8.43% on policy legislation and voted against 3.02% of state spending. Kelsh was ranked 82nd on policy and 66th on spending, out of 94 House members evaluated for the study.[12]

Personal

Kelsh and his wife, Katie, have four children. They currently reside in Fargo, North Dakota.[2]

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