West Fargo City Commission, Park Board hold uncontested elections

West Fargo's mayor and two commission seats were on the ballot.

Roben Anderson
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WEST FARGO — Despite highly contested city races just to the east, West Fargo's mayoral, city commission and park board elections were all uncontested Tuesday, June 14.

Election night still yielded one new face, as Roben Anderson sought one of the two West Fargo City Commission seats up for election. Incumbent Eric Gjerdevig did not seek reelection, but Commissioner Brad Olson did.

Anderson is new to the city commission, but he currently serves on the West Fargo Special Assessment Commission.

Bernie Dardis
Bernie Dardis, president of Indigo Signworks in Fargo, had open heart surgery this year. As a business owner, he has to figure out how best to provide health coverage for the firm's approximately 120 employees. Dave Wallis / The Forum

West Fargo Mayor Bernie Dardis sought a second term without a challenger. He was elected mayor in 2018 after challenging longtime Mayor Rich Mattern.

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Jake Lauritsen.

Three seats were also open on the West Fargo Park Board, and incumbents Jeff McCracken, Chris Heise and Jake Lauritsen all sought reelection without challengers.


Jeff McCrakken, candidate for West Fargo Park Board.
Jeff McCrakken

West Fargo municipal judge Michelle Donarski did not seek reelection. Attorney Trent Barkus filed to seek election to the city's sole judgeship.

All positions are elected to four-year terms as at-large seats. The mayor is paid about $18,623 annually, and city commissioners are paid an annual salary of $12,905.

Chris Heise

Readers can reach West Fargo editor Wendy Reuer at or 701-241-5530 . Follow her on Twitter @ForumWendy .

As the West Fargo editor, Wendy Reuer covers all things West Fargo for The Forum and oversees the production of the weekly Pioneer.
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