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Strand Announces Candidacy for Fargo City Commission

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Fargo School Board Member John Strand has announced that he will be running for an open seat on the Fargo City Commission. 

"Six years experience on the Fargo School Board gives me valuable insight and prepares me for greater advocacy for our core neighborhoods, our citizens and our children, and for the greater public good," Strand said in a news release on Tuesday.

Strand is putting his name in for the seat that is currently held by Brad Wimmer. Wimmer recently announced he will be running against Dennis Walaker for Fargo Mayor. Whether he wins or loses the City Commission seat, Strand says he'll continue to fulfill the two years he has left on the Fargo school board.

Strand listed several issues he said he'll fight for including affordable housing. He pointed out that more than 50% of the city's population is living in apartments and Strand says he'll push to shift people to home ownership. Strand also said he will be an advocate for college students, at-risk residents, affordable fees and taxes for seniors, fixed income and lower income residents.

He also cited several growth management and core city issues that are at the top of his priority list. Strand says he'll push to rebuild older, inner city neighborhoods, support , give families with children incentives to move into core inner city neighborhoods, expand community mass transit, bike transit, enhance community walkability, and build and reinforce cultural, sociopolitical and environmental bridges between eastern ND and western ND; between Fargo, West Fargo, and Moorhead as well as with all our neighbors in the region


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