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Hanson files for City Commission seat

Another hopeful has made a bid for one of the two open West Fargo city commission spots.

Current West Fargo School Board member Duane Hanson filed his application Monday. Hanson previously said he was undecided whether he would attempt a run for a fourth term on the school board, where he has resided for 11 years and was president from 2003-08 and vice president the previous year.

Hanson, a 54-year-old insurance agent who has lived in West Fargo for 21 years, is the second challenger to file for one of the open city commission seats currently held by Lou Bennett and Bryan Schulz. Richard Lewis, who retired after a 33-year career with the Cass County Highway Department in West Fargo, announced his bid earlier in March. He and his wife, Carol, are two-year residents of the community.

And there may be another person in the mix yet to file. City Finance Director Sharon Schacher said retired attorney Duane Breitling recently picked up petitions necessary before filing election paperwork. Breitling, who had worked for Ohnstad Twitchell Law Firm in West Fargo since 1967 before retiring, is the husband of frequent Pioneer "Home & Garden" contributor Mary Jane Breitling.

Of the current city commission members up for re-election, only Bennett is seeking another four-year term. The city election is June 8.

Of the four West Fargo School Board members whose terms are up, Hanson and President Tom Gentzkow have decided this will be their last year. Karen Nitzkorski and Angela Korsmo already have filed for re-election.

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.