I applaud Brenda Elmer's decision to run for mayor of Moorhead. She has what it takes to be a very effective mayor.

Essentials for good leadership as mayor include: a record of significant accomplishment as a member of the city council; a strong love and commitment to the community; an ability to solve problems and seize opportunities; and an ability to work effectively with other people and other units of government. In my experience working with her, I believe that she possesses these essential characteristics needed for serving as mayor. Two issues important to Moorhead are flood protection and economic development. Elmer has worked long and hard to solve the flooding problem for the Red River Basin and for Moorhead. Her experience working with businesses and the Minnesota Legislature gives her the insight and direction necessary to improve flood protection and economic development efforts for Moorhead. Furthermore, Elmer has the personal style and qualities that will represent Moorhead very well. She has my full support!

Lanning is a former Minnesota state legislator, city council member and mayor of Moorhead.

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