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Lewis announces bid for commission post

Richard Lewis, retired from a 33-year career with the Cass County Highway Department in West Fargo, has announced his bid for one of the two open positions on the West Fargo City Commission, filing the necessary paperwork Monday.

He and his wife, Carol, are two-year residents of the community. Lewis said he decided to throw his hat in the ring because he thought it would be interesting to get involved in city government.

He added he really doesn't have an agenda going into this. "I just decided one day that I was going to do this. It's something I think I would enjoy doing to help keep the city running well. Some things will be coming up, like the water treatment plant, that will be interesting to be involved in. The city is growing and I hope running smoothly and I want to see it continue that way."

He said he tries to keep informed by staying on top of current news issues.

As for what type of campaign he'll run, Lewis stated that as the election gets closer, he will go out door to door, like he did for his signature gathering, to meet and visit with residents of the community.

The four-year term city commission seats of Bryan Schulz and Lou Bennett are up for bids in the June 8 City Election. Bennett has announced his intentions to seek another term, while Schulz has decided to step down.

Incumbent Mayor Rich Mattern, current City Commissioner Mike Thorstad and newcomer Peter Karl will be vying for the mayoral post.

Filing deadline for all positions is Friday, April 9, at 4 p.m.