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Wimmer says 'the city is in wonderful hands' as he ends his term as Fargo city commissioner

Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker presents Brad Wimmer with a plaque commemorating his eight years of service on the City Commission Monday, June 23, 2014, at the Civic Center in Fargo, N.D. The two most recently butted heads during the race to become Fargo Mayor, which Walaker won. Nick Wagner / The Forum

FARGO – The two former opponents walked to the front of the room and shook hands at Monday night’s City Commission meeting.

“How about this, two adversaries,” Mayor Dennis Walaker mused out loud as he presented an appreciation plaque to outgoing City Commissioner Brad Wimmer, who lost to Walaker in the June 10 mayoral election by a margin of 56 to 44 percent. Monday was Wimmer’s last City Commission meeting.

Starting today, he will be going back to work at Wimmer’s Diamonds, which he owns with his brother, and enjoying golf and tennis, he said in a brief interview after the meeting. He said he didn’t know if he would ever return to public service.

Wimmer, a 1979 Minnesota State University Moorhead graduate, was a commissioner for the Fargo Park Board for eight years before being elected to the City Commission in 2006 and winning re-election in 2010. His empty seat will be filled by former Commissioner Dave Piepkorn in a meeting at 11:30 this morning. Commissioner Tim Mahoney will keep his seat after winning re-election.

As Wimmer walked back to his seat with his plaque, he told the commission and the public how much he cherished his time in office.

“It’s been fun,” he said. “We haven’t agreed on everything, but we’ve moved things forward.”

Wimmer said that although the press turned the mayoral race into a “combative battle,” he appreciated the mayor’s work and said “the city is in wonderful hands.”

He said the race “presented the people with a choice,” but that the people’s choice was Walaker and “we always need to abide by that.”

Now that the race is over, though, “The mayor and I’ll be on our bikes together,” he said.

During his short speech, Wimmer got choked up as he thanked his family for their support over the past eight years.

“Didn’t think I was gonna do that,” he said, taking a pause before moving on.

Wimmer said that during his time in office he was most proud of the City Commission’s work on liquor control, housing, the Pepsi soccer complex and flood control, as well as working together harmoniously as a group.

“The city is doing well and will continue to do well,” he said, later adding, “It’s been a good run.”

Adrian Glass-Moore

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