Moving Moorhead Forward


Dear Moorhead Residents, 

I seek your support and vote to be elected Moorhead’s next mayor.  I am running because I have the experience to lead our city and the passion and vision to move Moorhead forward.  We are on the verge of exciting growth, vibrancy and opportunity.  After eight years on the city council, I am poised to lead our community into the next era of shaping Moorhead so that it is the premier city in the metro and the region where people want to live, work and raise families.

As mayor, I would work with our many partners throughout the community to overcome challenges and achieve so much more together than we could alone.  With your support and help, I will strive to finish up Moorhead’s flood protection, embark on a transformation of our downtown that provides connectivity and liveliness, establish new amenities that will attract new residents and retain our college students, ensure that we are providing top notch city services, and offer a level of public safety that meets the needs of our growing city.  And so much more.

As a Moorhead elected official, it’s been an honor to serve you and our city.  I invite you to join me in moving Moorhead forward!

Sincerely yours,


Brenda Elmer


Meet Brenda

Brenda was elected to the Moorhead City Council in 2009, re-elected in 2013, and serves as the Mayor Pro Tem.  In her official capacity, she serves on several committees including the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments, Clay County Extension Committee, the Board of Appeals and Equalization, The FM Flood Diversion Authority Public Outreach Committee, the Community Facilities Task Force, the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (alternate) and the League of Minnesota Cities (alternate).  Brenda is also active throughout the Moorhead community independent of her city position, including serving on the Moorhead Kiwanis Club Board of Directors, as a Sunday school teacher at her church, a den leader in Cub Scouts Pack 626, a regular volunteer in the Moorhead Public Schools, and as a volunteer Boy Scouts Troop 637.  She has provided leadership on various local, regional and state boards including the West Central Initiative Economic Development Board (Chair), the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (Vice Chair), the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Advisory Council, and the YMCA of Cass Clay Board of Directors.

Brenda grew up as a hard-working farm girl on the family farm near the South Dakota border, the second of six children.  She worked her way through college at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she majored in political science and mass communications and met her future husband Corey.  Brenda’s first election was to the student senate as a strong voice for affordable tuition.  After graduating from MSUM, Brenda began her career in public policy at the Minnesota State Capitol. Brenda and Corey decided to move back to Moorhead after living and working in the Twin Cities for a number of years, because they wanted to raise their young family in our community.   

Brenda continued her public policy work in Moorhead as a congressional regional director, and later as a project coordinator for an international natural resources non-profit organization working on long-term flood solutions for the Red River Valley.  She also worked for a national commercial and industrial contractor association providing education and safety training and business development for the construction industry.  Brenda is a Moorhead small business owner and owns a property management business.

In 2017, Brenda was named as one of our region’s Top 25 Women in Business by Prairie Business magazine.  The German Marshall Fund of the United States selected Brenda as a Marshall Memorial Fellow in 2009 because of her outstanding leadership and public service.  Brenda also served on a diplomatic mission to China in 2011 through the American Council of Young Political Leaders. 

Brenda holds a master degree from Hamline University in Public Administration, and Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from MSUM.   Brenda and her husband Corey have three school-age boys in Moorhead Public Schools and a dog and a cat.  In her spare time, Brenda enjoys traveling, cooking, gardening and running.

Why Brenda

ACYPL May 2017

Brenda is an effective leader with proven experience in solving complex problems and making Moorhead a great place to live, raise families, work and do business.  She works to unite our community, find common-ground, and get the work of the city done in a responsible, collaborative manner.  Brenda brings to the table years of experience working for solutions at the state and federal government, and she’s put that experience to work as mayor. 

Brenda is a workhorse who gets the job done.  She is often the one behind the scenes, meeting with those impacted by an issue.  Brenda does not shy away from difficult problems.  And she typically works to remove politics from the local level of government.  Parks and potholes should not be partisan issues.

Brenda is working hard to earn your vote.  She is supported by a wide variety of Moorhead residents across the political spectrum as well as many business, community and education leaders because they appreciate her results-oriented, no-nonsense approach to city issues.

Brenda in invested in the success of our community.  She has lived in Moorhead for over 20 years, is a homeowner and a small business owner, and has three boys in the Moorhead Public Schools.  Brenda is passionate about Moorhead.


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