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Published February 10 2010

Mike Thorstad, WF commissioner, seeking to unseat mayor

WEST FARGO - A West Fargo commissioner plans to challenge Mayor Rich Mattern in his bid for re-election.

Mike Thorstad announced this week that he plans to run for the seat of West Fargo’s mayor.

Thorstad has filed his statement of interest at City Hall and plans to submit his petition of 300 signatures by the end of this week, West Fargo Finance Director Sharon Schacher said.

The 52-year-old businessman has served on the city commission since 2008.

Thorstad was not immediately available for comment Wednesday morning.

Mattern has served as West Fargo’s mayor since 2002 and submitted his paperwork in early January seeking a third term.

For more on this story, read Thursday’s Forum.