FARGO -- Fargo School Board member John Strand announced Monday that he will run for one of two vacant seats on the Fargo City Commission.

“My role as city commissioner is to be responsive to the people of Fargo, day in and day out. A good leader is a bridge to constituents,” Strand said in a statement. “I call it responsive leadership.”

Strand cited flood control, low taxes, workforce development, strong neighborhoods and smart growth as core issues to his campaign.

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“The people are my focus,” he said. “Take for example the heroin crisis unfolding here in Fargo.  I have seen firsthand the impact of this growing problem. I stand with the grieving families and friends, and with all others who have loved ones at risk,.”

“We need to convene our addiction counselors, health care providers, and our law enforcement in conjunction with our educators and elected leaders to turn this epidemic around,” Strand said in the statement.

Strand ran unsuccessfully for a three-year term on the City Commission last April.

Others who have announced as candidates are Joe Burgum, attorney Mara Brust, teacher Tammy Amble Linn and Fargo School Board member Robin Nelson.

Strand was first elected to the Fargo School Board in 2008 and was re-elected for a second term in 2012. He’s also served on the Fargo Native American Commission the past two years.

A native of Crystal, N.D., and graduate of North Dakota State University in 1977, Strand has been co-owner of the High Plains Reader newspaper since 1996.