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Published June 25, 2012, 10:16 PM

2 to Challenge EGF Mayor Lynn Stauss

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Longtime East Grand Forks mayor Lynn Stauss will be running for yet another term. But this time opposed by two candidates, Wayne Gregoire and Morgan Walsh.

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Longtime East Grand Forks mayor Lynn Stauss will be running for yet another term. But this time opposed by two candidates, Wayne Gregoire and Morgan Walsh.

Mayor Stauss has been serving East Grand Forks as mayor since 1995 and is the city's longest-serving mayor in East Grand Forks' history.

He's seen the city through its most trying times, but now two other candidates say they can bring more to the table.

"For this time in my life, this is perfect timing," Gregoire said.

Perfect timing for City Council member Wayne Gregoire to oppose 17-year incumbent Lynn Stauss. Gregoire says the mayor's longtime tenure doesn't scare him away from the race.

"Been in the business world all my adult life and enjoy the art of competition," Gregoire said.

Gregoire was born and raised here in East Grand Forks, he says he knows the city best and wants to move the city of 8,600 into the future.

"The word today is collaboration, we need to work with other communities," Gregoire said.

If elected, working closer with cities like Crookston, Thief River Falls and Polk County as well as the state of Minnesota are on his agenda.

"To keep our resources coming to small cities," Gregoire said.

But on the other hand, 34-year-old Morgan Walsh from Red Lake Falls has only lived in East Grand Forks for six years. Walsh says leading a community like this has been in his heart his entire life. He too wants to move the city forward.

"It's not so much about the current administration as it is the future of East Grand Forks," Walsh said.

Besides focusing on the beautification of the city, he wants to take time to thank our neighbors.

"It's time that we take time to honor people for the things that they do," Walsh said.

No matter what is on their agendas, they'll first have to convince the people of East Grand Forks that they have more to offer than longtime mayor Lynn Stauss.

"I just need to prove to people that my heart is in it," Walsh said.

"I haven't waivered, I'm going to run for mayor," Gregoire said.

WDAZ tried to reach Stauss for comment, but he wasn't available.

Those running have to file for candidacy by July 31 so we've got another month for other candidates to come forward.

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