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Simmons seeking third commission term

West Fargo City Commissioner Mark Simmons has announced he will be seeking a third four-year term in the City's Primary Election Tuesday, June 12.

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. "I just love what I do. I enjoy it, so why would I not run again?"

A 22-year resident of West Fargo, Simmons is employed as a GSA Manager for Laser Systems. He is a member of numerous community groups, including the AmVets Post 8, West Fargo, the West Fargo VFW Color Guard, a lifetime member of the DAV, and a member of 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; past chairman and present vice-chair of the Metropolitan Council of Governments; and a former member of the West Fargo Chamber Ambassadors.

Simmons is currently overseeing the street department portfolio, a position he's maintained for six years of his service. The other two years were spent with the police department, during which time he helped guide the move of the Police Department's dispatch unit to the Red River Regional Dispatch Center.

With four new phases of neighborhoods and the imminent location of Costco, all south of the Interstate, Simmons feels his experience overseeing the street department will be beneficial in securing infrastructure needs without going overboard from a financial standpoint. "The bottom line is with my experience, I know what to look for and how to save the taxpayers money."

Phase II of the Main Avenue Reconstruction project will also be a high priority issue, ensuring that the needs of the adjoining are property owners are addressed and met.

Simmons is also a strong advocate of the business community, always striving to increase job opportunities and 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.

Simmons is proud of the fact that during his eight year tenure, the city of West Fargo has experienced more growth that any other time in its history. He likes to think that he played a valuable role in that.

"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.