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Dennis Walaker Wins Fargo Mayoral Election

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The race that brought many voters to the polls on June 10 was the race for Fargo's mayor. Incumbent Dennis Walaker pulled ahead early and with all precincts reporting, Walaker has been elected to keep his position as the Mayor of Fargo. He won 7,723 votes which is 55%. Challenger Brad Wimmer walked away with 6,017 votes at 43%.

"The future is extremely bright," Mayor Dennis Walaker said after results came in at his watch party. "As far as I'm concerned, the services that we provide are because we have hired the right people to do the right job."

Walaker returned to Fargo in time for results to start trickling in Tuesday night. He flew back from the nation's capitol for the bill signing of the F-M Diversion to hold a gathering of friends and coworkers at the Holiday Inn. 

Walaker told Valley News Live he does not feel a push to be more progressive in his leadership. "What's not to enjoy about the last eight years? There's nothing," he said.

Wimmer says he's disappointed in how the election turned out. 

"We would have thoroughly enjoyed taking the mayor seat," he said after results came in. But, Wimmer says he's not done in public service. 
"We step back, and I have plenty to do. I already have more projects in mind." Though he wasn't specific on where or when you'll see him run again, he assures the people of Fargo he has more energy left to serve the public.
ORIGINAL STORY
It appears that Fargo voters want incumbent Mayor Dennis Walaker to continue what he's been working on for the last two terms. Based on Valley News Live projections with 73% of precincts reporting, Dennis Walaker is the projected winner.

The race started as a close one, but with more than half of precincts in, Walaker started to pull away, leading Brad Wimmer by more than 500 votes.

As of 10:00 p.m. with 17 of 22 precincts reporting, Walaker was in the lead with 54% of votes, while Wimmer sits at 44%. Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman spoke with Walaker at his watch party this evening and says he is very confident. Walaker said he is not willing to speak about the results or give an acceptance speech until the final numbers are in.

The position of Fargo's mayor is a four-year term. Walaker is running for his third term. 
 Brad Wimmer was an on the Fargo City Commission for 8 years and this is his first time running for mayor.
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