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Our Opinion: Three for Fargo parks

Fargo Park Board incumbents Joe Deutsch and Mary Johnson should be re-elected to third terms. They should be joined on the board by first-time candidate Rick Flacksbarth.

Deutsch has put his expertise as Ph.D. in human development/wellness to good use for park programs. He has a deep understanding of how fitness, recreation and park board priorities come together. It’s an unbeatable combination.

Johnson has distinguished herself on the board as informed and highly competent. She has the ability to assess the district’s strengths and shortcomings within the strictures of budget discipline. Her experience cannot be readily replaced.

Flacksbarth has been a youth coach for various sports for years, and as such understands facility needs. He has been in nearly all the district’s more than 100 parks. He knows the system – where it works and does not work, and would put that knowledge to use on the board.

All three believe smoking should be banned in parks. Equivocation about that topic is a disqualifier.