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Cheryl Bergian, Fargo, Published April 29 2012

Melissa Sobolik for Fargo commissioner

We have only five city commissioners in Fargo, who are tasked with making the right decisions for the future of our city. We need Melissa Sobolik on the City Commission. She’ll bring a new point of view to the table, from the perspective of the next generation that is moving to and living in Fargo.

Sobolik and her husband moved to California after she graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead. Melissa grew up on a farm outside Courtenay, N.D., so she knew what life in North Dakota had to offer. They quickly realized that life in California was not what they wanted and chose to move to Fargo.

Sobolik was the moving force for BackPack Program, which provides weekend meals for 750 children in Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead. She is also an adviser to the “Fill the Dome” project, which gathered food and funds for more than 440,000 meals through the leadership of high school students from Fargo-Moorhead schools.

We need Sobolik’s ability to identify solutions and work with community partners to continue to make Fargo the city that young families will chose to live in. They will have many cities to choose from in the coming years, and we need them to see Fargo as their first choice. It was the best choice for Sobolik and her husband, who sampled life outside North Dakota, and she will bring her unique point of view to the decisions made by the five city commissioners if she is elected in June 2012.

My vote is for Sobolik, and I hope that you will find that she deserves your vote, too.