Weather Forecast


West Fargo City Commission: Simmons announces candidacy

West Fargo City Commissioner Mark Simmons has announced that he is a candidate for re-election to a second four-year term on the Board in the City's Primary Election Tuesday, June 10.

An 18-year resident of West Fargo, Simmons is employed as a GSA Manager for Laser Systems and a realtor for the Real Estate Exchange. He is a member of numerous community groups, including the AmVets Post 8, West Fargo, the West Fargo VFW Color Guard and the West Fargo Visitors Committee. Simmons is a current member and former president of the West Fargo Exchange Club, a member of the West Fargo Economic Development Advisory Committee; the current chairman of the Metropolitan Council of Governments; and a former member of the West Fargo Chamber Ambassadors.

As an incumbent City Commissioner, Simmons has worked hard to represent the views of West Fargo residents by listening to their thoughts and concerns and voting accordingly.

In his current term, Simmons is overseeing the Police Department portfolio helping guide the move of the Police Department's dispatch unit to the Red River Regional Dispatch Center.

Simmons feels this move will be extremely beneficial, both financially and from a technology standpoint, for the Police Department. Throughout the move, a goal has been to retain as much of the present staff as possible and that was accomplished in the transition.

Other areas of interest include monitoring the Main Avenue Project and supporting ramps in the Ninth Street interchange construction. "Obviously we are going to do the intersection," Simmons commented, "but I feel it just makes sense to install the ramps at the same time to make the project as user-friendly and efficient as possible."

He is also a strong advocate of the business community, always striving to increase job opportunities and promote a high quality of education; supports exploring water resources from outside areas in regards to future water needs; maintaining a strong police force to help keep West Fargo a safe place to raise kids; and maintaining a strong infrastructure system.

"West Fargo offers its citizens the best of both worlds, the atmosphere and settings of small town living, yet the business opportunities of the big city," Simmons stated. "This is why we call West Fargo our home. With your help, and your vote, we can continue this legacy together. As a candidate for West Fargo City Commission, I pledge to listen carefully to what the citizens of West Fargo have to say, and to vote accordingly," Simmons added regarding his re-election bid.

He and his wife, Bonnie, are the parents of two sons, Christopher and Michael, and a daughter Sheri, who is married to Mike Srnsky. They also have two granddaughters, Brittany and Brooke.