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Mayor Mattern runs unopposed June 10

Rich Mattern isn’t ready to just sit back and watch his city grow.

That’s why he’s running unopposed on June 10 for a fourth term as West Fargo mayor.

“There’s just a lot of good stuff happening in West Fargo. There’s still a lot of things I want to see come through,” he said.

Mattern said it’s hard to believe how much the city has grown since he was first elected in 2002.

He ran unopposed that year after former Mayor David Stedman chose not to seek re-election. His only challenge came in 2010 when he defeated current City Commissioner Mike Thorstad by 256 votes.

“It’s been challenging at times, but it’s also been satisfying,” he said. “I’ve had great commissioners. I think the city has gone in the right direction.”

Downtown development will be a priority during his next term, he said.

The city has seen significant economic growth east of Sheyenne Street and 13th Avenue and near the Interstate 29/Sheyenne Street interchange.

“I really, really want to push hard this next four years on Sheyenne Street and Main Avenue. We’re trying to get a downtown development group there. I think there’s opportunity there,” Mattern said.

Other priorities include possible construction of a water treatment plant and continued expansion of city infrastructure, he said.

The West Fargo mayor earns $11,535 per year. The election term is four years.