Six vie for three county seats 2016

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
Lucas Wakefield

Five names will be on the ballot for Ramsey County Commissioner June 14 when voters from the county go to the polls for the primary but Lucas Wakefield hopes to make that six for the November election.

He wants to be added as a write-in candidate because he didn’t make it back to Devils Lake in time to gather and submit the necessary signatures to be on the primary ballot.

The top six vote getters from June will be on the November ballot.

Wakefield is a 2011 graduate of Devils Lake High School and he says he wants to serve as a county commissioner and “give back to the community that has helped him so much.”

After high school he attended Georgetown University studying Health Care Management and Policy graduating in May of 2015.

He served the next year working for U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp. “It was a real privilege to work with Sen. Heitkamp,” Wakefield said.

He learned a lot about healthcare, homeland security, and the U.S. Postal Service initiatives that Heitkamp and her office were working on in Washington. He got to work on the “Fix My Mail” survey that has lead to U.S. Postal Service Customer Service improvements in North Dakota.

Now that he’s back in North Dakota, Wakefield and several friends from DLHS have formed a development firm, Aegis Development, a registered LLC. They have started on their first project and have several more lined up to follow. It is their hope to strengthen North Dakota through private enterprise.

Wakefield has a great deal of affection for the Lake Region and all it has going for it. Now that the flooding of Devils Lake is no longer causing anxiety about the future he says he is excited to see the community and its business leaders come together to bring growth and prosperity to the region. These are his “hometown heroes.”

As a county commissioner he wants to help provide the infrastructure and access that local farmers need to reclaim farmland once inundated.

He likes what he sees in the growth of area tourism, as well. “I want to see Devils Lake shine as a destination, not just a stopover on your way somewhere else,” he said. It is his desire to serve, “All I have I owe to the Lake Region community. You were there for me in times when you were needed with support and love.

“It’s never to early to try to give back.”

He says that he hopes voters will give him a chance by writing his name on the ballot. “It would by my honor to serve the people of Ramsey County, if they choose to support me in my write-in campaign.” But if not as a Ramsey County Commissioner, Wakefield says he would find some other way to give back to the community.

He hopes more and more young people, like himself, come back to the Lake Region bringing their gifts, energy and enthusiasm

He is the son of the late Tom Wakefield and Loydene Wakefield.