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Forum staff reports, Published February 24 2012

Hanson joins District 16 House race for Dems

FARGO – West Fargo Democrat Ben Hanson will run for the House seat in the new District 16, which includes booming neighborhoods in western Fargo and south West Fargo.

Hanson is a commercial Realtor in Fargo whose work frequently takes him to western North Dakota’s Oil Patch.

He voiced concern about the area’s infrastructure needs amid the state’s economic prosperity.

“I want to make sure that North Dakota keeps being a great place to live during boom times and after,” Hanson said.

Two Republicans are also seeking the district’s House seat this year.

Robert Vallie, a North Dakota State University senior and student member of the state Board of Higher Education, and West Fargo School Board president Ben Koppelman are competing for the GOP nomination.

District 16 Republicans will meet in early March to decide their endorsed candidate.