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Another candidate jumps into Fargo City Commission race

“This campaign is about a new generation taking the torch and forging a sustainable future," Will Thompson said in a statement. "I hope to be but a single face among a large crowd of young leaders ready to stand up and take that torch.”

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Will Thompson.
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FARGO — A second candidate has announced he will run for Fargo City Commission.

Will Thompson, 24, said Friday, Jan. 7, that he filed paperwork to seek a seat on the board. A graduate of Davies High School and the University of Minnesota, Thompson works at Boulger Funeral Home and Midwest Communications in Fargo.

“We have an opportunity to meet inaction from the state in solving real problems with action at the local level,” Thompson said in a statement. “This campaign is about a new generation taking the torch and forging a sustainable future. I hope to be but a single face among a large crowd of young leaders ready to stand up and take that torch.”

Thompson’s announcement follows that of Fargo teacher Branden Krieger. Seats for City Commissioners Tony Gehrig and Dave Piepkorn will be on the ballot for the June 14 election.

Gehrig and Piepkorn had not filed paperwork as of Friday morning for reelection to the five-member commission, which includes Mayor Tim Mahoney. Mahoney won a November court ruling that said he's eligible to run for another term.

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Thompson is the son of former North Dakota Sen. Vern Thompson, a Democrat from Minnewaukan.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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