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Published March 24 2010

Retired county employee joins West Fargo city race

A 54-year-old retiree wants a spot on the West Fargo Commission.

Richard Lewis, who spent 33 years with the Cass County Highway Department, filed for the election earlier this month. He said he wants to be more involved with the community.

“I have no real big agenda,” Lewis said. “I think the city’s been running pretty good, and I want to keep it that way.”

West Fargo voters will cast ballots in June to fill two commission seats. Commissioner Lou Bennett intends to seek re-election, but Commissioner Bryan Schulz said he won’t run.

Lewis and his wife, Carol, lived in Fargo before moving to West Fargo two years ago.

As the metro area moves forward with securing permanent flood protection, Lewis said he wants West Fargo to take a more active role in determining where a North Dakota diversion is built and who pays for it.

“It’s something that we’re going to have to talk to them about, because we have paid for a project and it has worked very efficiently for many years,” Lewis said. “I think West Fargo was doing the appropriate thing, supporting flood control but not being directly involved. But being if it goes through the review process with the (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), we’re going to be very central to the project and we need to be involved.”

West Fargo School Board member Duane Hanson announced Monday he would also seek a seat on the commission.

Other positions on West Fargo’s June 8 ballot are mayor, three Park Board seats and municipal judge. Candidates must file for office by April 9.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kristen Daum at (701) 241-5541