Hettinger state’s attorney launches write-in fight for job

Amy Pikovsky likes her job as Hettinger County’s state’s attorney enough to fight to keep it.

Brad Mosher


She currently holds the post, but will need to mount a successful write-in campaign for the November election in order to keep it.

A native of Minneapolis, she moved to Regent more than five years ago to work at a local law office in Mott.

When the previous state’s attorney, James Gion, became a district judge in Dickinson, Pikovsky was appointed as his replacement by the county commissioners.

“I am the states attorney now in Hettinger County and I have been for four years. I finished out his term and then two years ago, I was elected to fill out the remainder of a four-year term,” she explained. “In January of this year, I ended up having a baby and moved in with my son and my fiance. Unfortunately, we are just a mile outside the county line, so I am living in Stark County.”

She still owns a home in Regent, but it has been rented out, Pikovsky explained. “My mailing address has always been a post office box in Mott and my legal address has never been changed to Stark County,” she added. But when she decided to move in with her fiance on his family farm just a short distance from Mott, that created problems.

“It is kind of a complicated situation. My legal residence never actually changed. My ID still has a Hettinger County address. I am registered to vote in Hettinger County and that never changed.”

Her name was not on the primary ballot. “I talked to the commissioners and they didn’t think anyone else would be interested, so the plan was that since there wouldn’t be a state’s attorney, most likely I would be appointed again after the general election.”

But the primary earlier this year changed that.

“Another attorney is running on the ballot too, so I am running as a write-in candidate,” she explained. According to North Dakota law, Pikovsky said that she has to reside in the county that she works.

“Officially, I have to be a resident 30 days before the election to even be a write-in candidate.”

She has met that requirement after buying a place in Mott. “While it is being fixed up, I am renting a room (in Mott) and living there.

“If I end up being re-elected, then I will just continue that for the next four years, as long as I am an elected official.

“I am trying to let people know. My biggest concern is a lot of people might not even be aware that I am running for re-election since my name will not be on the ballot. I love my job and I really hope that I will be able to keep it,” she said.

“Hettinger County is a great county to work for and being a state’s attorney is a pretty great position . It has been a great job for the last four years and I have really enjoyed the work,” she said. “I really enjoyed the work, so I want to at least let people know that there’s two attorneys running.”

Although the law says that Pikovsky can be appointed as a state’s attorney, it also says that person has to be a resident of the county in order to be elected to the position, she explained.

“Since I moved here, I was living in Regent and working in Mott, I have gotten to know both communities. I have tried to get involved. Until recently I have been part of the volunteer Ambulance service in both cities. I was in the volunteer fire department in Regent,” she added.

“I think they are both great communities. I decided to make a life here and start a family here. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to get to know them,” she said.

Originally, there was not a candidate listed on the primary ballot for the position, but a local lawyer got enough write-in votes to qualify for the November ballot.

Pikovsky went to law school at the University of Minnesota and had been wanting to study environmental law. “I had some big ideas and never really intended to get into criminal law.”

Now, she feels that she is really making a difference in Hettinger County.

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