MOORHEAD — Moorhead will have another candidate for mayor, it appears.
Sources say Johnathan Judd, an attorney, is strongly considering entering the city’s mayoral race to challenge announced candidates Brenda Elmer, a current city councilwoman, and Newad Brifki, a Kurdish-American community leader .
I asked Judd on Saturday whether he was running, but he said he wasn’t ready to make an announcement and didn’t want to comment. If he finalizes his decision, he said, he’ll make an announcment early this week and possibly as early as Monday.
Word in Moorhead political circles is that Judd has been asking advice on whether he should run, including seeking the counsel of mayor Del Rae Williams, who will not seek reelection in November.
Judd said he currently does contract work as a public defender with the Seventh District Judicial District. He has a law degree from the University of North Dakota and also graduated from North Dakota State University. He said he is an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Judd’s Facebook page indicates he is a volunteer coach with F-M Athletics football and Moorhead youth baseball. He is married to Tammy Fortney and has three children. The couple has lived in Moorhead for 15 years.
Elmer announced in February that she was running for mayor. She owns a property management and investment company and has represented Moorhead’s 3rd Ward, in the south part of the city, since 2009.
Brifki is the founder of Kurdish Community of America, a Moorhead-based nonprofit that aids and advocates for Kurdish refugees who settle here. He has lived in Moorhead for two decades.