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Published May 07 2010

Tweeden alone at mayoral debate

Lenny Tweeden was the lone candidate to come out for Thursday’s Fargo mayoral debate.

The three other candidates, incumbent Dennis Walaker, Ahmed Haji and Robert Gates, were invited but unable to attend the event hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Red River Valley.

Tweeden said Fargo has outgrown the current five-person commission government and thinks a council would better serve the city to ensure all areas have representation.

“Right now, three people can decide an issue for the entire city of Fargo,” he told The Forum.

Tweeden said Fargo’s biggest challenge is flooding, and he thinks the city should focus more on water retention. Tweeden prefers a Minnesota diversion because it is less expensive and said all of the communities surrounding the Red River should help pay for flood protection.

Another goal Tweeden has as mayor is to follow Moorhead’s lead on a domestic partnership registry, he said.

The election is June 8.