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Published August 25, 2009, 12:00 AM

Moorhead mayor to run for third term

After a historic flood fight and eight years on the job, Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland wants another turn at the helm.

By: Mike Nowatzki, INFORUM

After a historic flood fight and eight years on the job, Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland wants another turn at the helm.

Voxland said he will file for re-election today, when Minnesota’s filing period for municipal and school elections opens.

It was a “pretty easy decision” to seek a third four-year term on Nov. 3, Voxland said Monday.

“After going through the flood, as we’ve been working through this year’s budget, I really felt that I wanted to stay on as mayor for another term,” he said.

Voxland said he wants to get the city started on short- and mid-range flood protection projects and secure a plan for long-term protection.

“And I really felt that given the fact that I know the governor, the senators and congressman, different people in the state Legislature, at this juncture, those contacts, I think, are very important to the city of Moorhead,” he said.

The owner of Voxland Electric said he also wants to see Moorhead through Minnesota’s less-than-rosy budget projections through 2012, which will likely translate to challenges for the city’s budget.

Voxland was a Moorhead City Council member for 14 years before being elected mayor in 2001.

“We’ve grown by 10 percent-plus in the eight years that I’ve been mayor, and that’s significant, and I want to keep Moorhead on that growth path,” he said.

Moorhead also has four City Council seats up for grabs, one in each ward. Those seats are currently held by Dan Bohmer, John Rowell, Lauri Winterfeldt and Mark Hintermeyer.

The mayor’s position carries an annual salary of $19,476. Council members receive $10,212 per year. All are four-year terms.

Dilworth residents will vote on the positions currently held by Mayor Keith Coalwell and City Council members Julie Nash and Ryan Mullikin. All are four-year terms.

The mayor’s job pays $7,200 annually and council seats pay $4,800 annually.

In Barnesville, voters will decide on the mayor’s seat currently held by Fred Dahnke and the three council seats held by Chad Hagen, Roger Cooper and Larry Davis Jr.

The two-year mayor’s seat pays $8,100 per year, while council seats pay $7,200 annually.

The two-week filing period ends Sept. 8.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528