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Published April 04, 2012, 10:07 PM

Grand Forks Mayoral Candidates Face Off

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The two candidates vying for the Grand Forks mayor seat met in a public forum at the University of North Dakota Wednesday night.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The two candidates vying for the Grand Forks mayor seat met in a public forum at the University of North Dakota Wednesday night.

Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown is running for his fourth consecutive term.

He's challenged this year by City Council Member Tyrone Grandstrand, who has represented ward two since 2010.

Grandstrand was previously student body president at the University of North Dakota.

Both candidates answered questions from the audience and had their chance to say why they should be the city's next mayor.

"One thing we need to do is, I think it's important in my life, is empower younger people to lead, when it's time. So when we feel it's time. And that's what you always find your younger people are ready to lead and you say I'm not ready to sit down yet," Mayor Brown said.

"We need to do a better job listening to people in Grand Forks, but actually going out and asking the question 'How do you think we can make Grand Forks better?' And I think to be able to do that effectively we need a full time mayor," Grandstrand said.

Questions from the audience ranged from green initiatives to handling the growth in Grand Forks.

The election will be in June.

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