Dave Olson, Published June 09 2010
Fargo Park Board: Voters re-elect three incumbents
With 20 of 20 precincts reporting, Joe Deutsch led the vote with 23 percent, followed by Mary Johnson and Ron Sorvaag with 21 percent and 20 percent, respectively.
Challengers Barry Nelson and Sally Jacobson had about 18 percent of the vote each.
Deutsch received 4,045 votes, Johnson 3,626, Sorvaag 3,446, Nelson 3,243 and Jacobson 3,098.
“I’m just really excited I’ve got four more years,” Deutsch, said late Tuesday, when his re-election appeared secure.
Johnson said she was pleased with the outcome of the vote.
“We all work real well together, and it looks like we can continue to do so,” she added.
During her campaign, Johnson cited fixing dog park issues as a major goal.
Sorvaag was excited about serving another four years on the board.
“I think we’re doing the right job for the city,” he said.
Deutsch said in his campaign that the main issue on voters’ minds was establishing an indoor playground.
Jacobson said during her campaign that she wanted to be an advocate for universal/special-needs equipment at every city playground.
Nelson said during his campaign that his priorities included making Fargo a more bike-oriented place.
He also said Fargo residents wanted more dog parks and green space.
Sorvaag stressed the Park District’s fiscal health during his tenure as a board member.
“I think we’ve been excellent at taking care of people’s money,” he said.
Park Board commissioners serve four-year terms, earning $5,100 per year.
There are six members on the board.
The board is responsible for a district that has more than 80 parks and other facilities, as well as 107 full-time and 1,100 seasonal workers.
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