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Jack Rydell letter: Arlette Preston best qualified to continue city's progress

After a number of successive terms with Mayor Bruce Furness, Fargo is presented with the opportunity for new leadership. I say "opportunity," as I do believe the community of Fargo is a better place today as a result, in part, of Furness' leadership.

After a number of successive terms with Mayor Bruce Furness, Fargo is presented with the opportunity for new leadership. I say "opportunity," as I do believe the community of Fargo is a better place today as a result, in part, of Furness' leadership.

I would love to see Fargo continue to grow in the progressive manner we've been experiencing over the past 12 years. We can only do so, however, with strong, effective, and visionary leadership. I believe the candidate that will be most effective in continuing to move Fargo forward by means of their leadership skills will be Arlette Preston.

Preston has been a visionary leader and role model since I first met Preston in the early 1980s while we were both employed at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo as staff nurses. At the time, Preston was quite active in the District 4 Nurse's Association, which holds a mission in promoting the profession of nursing. Preston was the person who reached out to me and encouraged me to get involved in my professional organization. She knew the importance of being involved, collaborative, role modeling, and assertively sharing your ideas for the betterment of the whole. I can truthfully say that Preston is the primary reason I got involved in my professional organization, and continue to be so today.

Preston understands real leadership, as demonstrated by her past experience on the Fargo City Commission and numerous other community organizations. She is forthright, diplomatic, assertive, clear in her communication, and always respectful. She also can appreciate the need for entrepreneurship in our community, being a small business owner herself. She has experienced firsthand the challenges of owning and operating your own business, and I am confident that Preston will use these experiences as she leads the city of Fargo forward.

I believe Preston is the mayoral candidate that will most effectively continue to lead Fargo as a progressive community. We have so much to be thankful for in our community with excellent health care, industry, education, and retail, to name just a few. Preston's experience as a leader will serve us well, and I encourage you to learn more about Preston and her plans for Fargo, and vote for Preston on June 13.

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