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Forum staff reports, Published April 05 2012

Sobolik officially seeks City Commission seat

FARGO – The city auditor’s office says Melissa Sobolik has filed the necessary paperwork to run for a seat on the City Commission here this June.

Sobolik, 32, is making her second run for the board and says she wants to represent the younger generation of the city’s growing population. She is the director of member and client services at the Great Plains Food Bank in Fargo, and she currently serves on the city’s Historic Preservation Committee through an appointment by Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker.

In the 2010 city election, Sobolik garnered nearly 22 percent of the vote, but that wasn’t enough to unseat incumbents Tim Mahoney and Brad Wimmer.

This June, Sobolik and Anthony Gehrig will challenge the incumbent commissioners, Dave Piepkorn and Mike Williams, for the two seats up for election.

Prospective candidates have until 4 p.m. April 13 to file election paperwork.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old and a Fargo resident for at least six months. To appear on the ballot, they must submit a statement of interest and a petition for nomination with 300 signatures, or pay a $100 filing fee.

The annual salary for a commissioner is $21,938.