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Rodriguez-Zavala seeks council seat

A Moorhead advocate against racism and domestic violence is running for election to a 1st Ward City Council seat. Alicia Rodriguez-Zavala, 2712 4th Ave. N. #3, will face Councilwoman Nancy Otto, who is running for her second term on the council, ...

A Moorhead advocate against racism and domestic violence is running for election to a 1st Ward City Council seat.

Alicia Rodriguez-Zavala, 2712 4th Ave. N. #3, will face Councilwoman Nancy Otto, who is running for her second term on the council, in the Nov. 4 general election.

Rodriguez-Zavala filed her candidacy Tuesday.

Two other candidates, who had already announced their intent to join the race, also have filed for election.

Councilman Greg Lemke, 1608 19th St. S., has filed for re-election after serving two yearlong special terms in the 4th Ward. So far, he is the only candidate in his ward.

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Former state legislator Diane Wray Williams, 514 19th St. S., filed Wednesday for the 2nd Ward seat, running against incumbent Larry Nicholson.

Rodriguez-Zavala, a caseworker at United Migrant Opportunity Services, said she wants to provide more representation for women and minorities on the council.

Implementing recommendations on reducing racism from the Human Rights Commission, to which she belongs, is one of her priorities.

"We're just going around and around, and I'd sure like to see some action on that," said Rodriguez-Zavala, 52.

A member of the Justice Circle, Centro Cultural and Mujeres Unidas, Rodriguez-Zavala has long been an advocate for minorities and battered women.

As a council member, she also wants to be an advocate for small businesses, she said.

If the city faces another budget shortfall, like the one that preoccupied it this year, Rodriguez-Zavala said it might be time to raise taxes instead of making more cuts.

"I myself would rather pay taxes than eliminate completely some programs," Rodriguez-Zavala said.

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Election filings opened Aug. 26 and close Tuesday. Four council seats, one in each ward.

Former city employee Mike Hulett and Moorhead Police Lt. Dan Hunt have filed for election in the 3rd Ward, where incumbent Brian Gramer has said he will not run for re-election.

The proposed council salary for next year is $786 a month.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Joy Anderson at (701) 241-5556

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