Of the six candidates running for one seat on the Fargo City Commission, three should be disqualified for their mushy ambiguity or downright hostility to the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion. That includes John Strand, Tony Gehrig and Bradford Shaffer. The other three, Cole Carley, Scott Wagner and Mara Brust, not only thoughtfully and thoroughly support the diversion but they also have enlightened views of what a city should be and what Fargo can be. Of those three, Mara Brust brings a fresh, intelligent and young perspective to her candidacy. Brust is part of a new generation of Fargo leaders. She’s educated, connected by birth and choice to her community on several levels, and involved with a cohort of men and women who are the entrepreneurial future of the city. In her personal life she is the embodiment of intellectual professionalism and artistic sensibilities.

Determined to serve her city, Brust is running for office for the second time. Voters would do well to put her new and original voice on the commission.

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