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Mattern: It's your chance to be 'Mayor for the Day'

Rich Mattern, West Fargo Mayor and candidate Angie Wieck / The Forum

Whenever I get the chance to interact with the youth of our community, one of my favorite

questions to ask is "what would you do if you were mayor for the day?" I feel it's an important

exercise that helps young people think about public service, leadership and the impact each

individual can have in their community. And, the thoughtfulness and creativity of the answers I

receive never ceases to amaze me.

It is in this spirit that I'm excited to encourage our third- and seventh-grade students to enter the

North Dakota League of Cities statewide "If I Were Mayor" essay contest. Essays must address

why the student feels their community is great and what they would do to improve the city if he

or she were mayor. The contest winners will be announced in conjunction with City Government

Week, April 2-6, receive a $150 cash prize and have their essays featured in the League's

publication, CITYScan.

I'm confident the youth of our community are brimming with ideas that could truly help improve

our great community. In fact, I am looking forward to borrowing a few ideas myself! For more

details about this contest, please visit

Mattern is the mayor of West Fargo.