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Bennett making re-election bid, Schulz won't seek third term

Lou Bennett will seek a third term on the West Fargo City Commission.1 / 2
Bryan Schulz2 / 2

Lou Bennett has announced he will be seeking a third four-year term on the West Fargo City Commission, while Bryan Schulz has decided to step down after an eight-year run. The fate of candidates will be decided in the Tuesday, June 8, Primary Election.

Bennett and Schulz were both elected to the commission in 2002.

Since that time, Bennett held the police and fire department portfolios before shifting to the sewer and water department areas. The last two years he served as vice president of the city commission, presiding in the mayor's absence.

A resident of the community since 1983, Bennett said he has enjoyed serving as a city commissioner from the "very beginning. I felt it something everyone should do - to give back a little something to the community and this is my way of doing it. A lot of good things have evolved from my time on the board and there are a few more things I would like to see done before it's all over, so that's why I've decided to run again."

In addition to serving on the commission, Bennett is also involved in other community endeavors including the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and is a member of the local AMVETS Post 8.

He and his wife, Barbara, are the parents of three grown children, Stephanie, Erin and Laura. A son, Tim, passed away last year following a lengthy illness.

During his tenure as commissioner, Schulz has overseen the sanitation and building permit, police and fire, and streets portfolios, most recently holding the police and fire portfolio for a second time. He also served as vice president of the board for two years.

Schulz made the decision not to go after a third term, in order to devote more time to his relatively new position as general manager of the Red River Valley Fair and to be able to spend more time with his family and attending his young daughter's activities. He and his wife, Lisa, are the parents of two daughters, Karli, 12, and Katie, 6.

"Right now, with the new position and everything else going on, I don't feel like I can devote the amount of time and effort I should to the city commission," Schulz stated.

"I've just decided, after eight years, I'm going to step down and concentrate on my job and family."

Schulz said he is torn with his decision. "I love being part of the city and the inner workings. People ask me 'why I do it,' and I say 'because I want to make sure that as fast as the city is growing, that everything is being put in place properly - like the infrastructure in the new areas as well as maintaining in the older parts of town. It's not a job anybody takes on for the money. I've been a part of the community since 1980, and I've wanted to continue to see it thrive and make sure our growth was being watched and channeled in the right direction."