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Mattern wins over Thorstad in close WF mayoral race

Rich Mattern looks at election results in the race for mayor with his daughter, Jessie, Tuesday night at the West Fargo VFW. David Samson/The Forum

West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern has been re-elected to a third term in a close race against challenger Mike Thorstad, who will retain his seat on the West Fargo City Commission.

Unofficial count totals saw Mattern winning the bid for the city's top spot, receiving 1,513 votes, and Thorstad coming in second with 1,224 votes. Challenger Peter Karl came in third with 62 votes.

Mattern has served in the position since 2002 and Thorstad has been a city commissioner since 2008.

In the vote for two open city commission seats, incumbent Lou Bennett came out on top receiving 1,645 votes and newcomer Duane Hanson, was elected with 1,254 votes.

In another extremely close race, two incumbents, Sharon Odegaard and Denise Johnson, and newcomer Jeff McCracken, were elected to three open West Fargo Park Board positions, with incumbent Ken Zetocha coming in fourth. Odegaard received 1,756 votes, Johnson 1,656, McCracken, 1,638, and Zetocha 1,570.

Voters also elected two incumbents, Angela Korsmo and Karen Nitzkorski, and and two new individuals, Judy Kvaale and Dave Olson, to the West Fargo School Board.

Kvaale ended up the high vote-getter at 1,762 votes; Korsmo 1,509, Olson, 1,408, and Nitzkorski 1,259.

In neighboring communities, candidates were also decided for a number of city council and park board seats.

They include:

Harwood: city council, two seats, Danna Peterson, with 44 votes and Ross Puhr with 29 votes; park board, three seats, Carol Grieve, 66 votes.

Horace: city council, two seats, Craig Hakanson, 45 votes, Terry Heiden, 29 votes; park board, two seats, Julie Dahlin 54, James Pearson 45.

Mapleton: city council, two seats, Eric Hillman and Dale Kartes, 20 each; park board, two seats, Patricia Wanner, 34, Jeff Hanson 31, Denise Hanson 28.

Reiles Acres: city council, two seats, Jason Purdy 32, Aaron Olson 27.

More detailed election coverage will appear in next week's (June 16) West Fargo Pioneer and West Fargo News.