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Rich Mattern looks at election results in the race for mayor with his daughter, Jessie, Tuesday night at the West Fargo VFW. David Samson/The Forum

Mattern wins over Thorstad in close WF mayoral race

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West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern has been re-elected to a third term in a close race against challenger Mike Thorstad, who will retain his seat on the West Fargo City Commission.

Unofficial count totals saw Mattern winning the bid for the city's top spot, receiving 1,513 votes, and Thorstad coming in second with 1,224 votes. Challenger Peter Karl came in third with 62 votes.

Mattern has served in the position since 2002 and Thorstad has been a city commissioner since 2008.

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