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Published August 17, 2012, 08:39 PM

Stauss to Run Contested for East Grand Forks Mayor

The mayor's seat in East Grand Forks is up for grabs this year. Lynn Stauss has been serving the city for the past 17 years and hopes to secure another four in November, but this time he's being contested.

The mayor's seat in East Grand Forks is up for grabs this year. Lynn Stauss has been serving the city for the past 17 years and hopes to secure another four in November, but this time he's being contested.

This isn't the first time Mayor Stauss has been contested, he says he's fortunate the city has chosen him as their mayor in the past but with a prominent businessman and council member in the picture, Wayne Gregoire, as well as a fresh new face, Morgan Walsh, things could be different this time around.

Mayor Lynn Stauss has said before that the last election would be his last. But instead of hanging his hat after 17 years, he's ready for another 'go'.

Stauss: "I decided that I want to go 4 more years, and here I am, and hopefully I get elected."

But not without expecting a tight race, considering he's running against current councilman Wayne Gregoire.

Gregoire: "I'm a competitive person, and I've been a competitive person all my life and I'm ready for the challenge, I want to be mayor of East Grand Forks."

Stauss: "It surprised me when he put his name in but everybody has the opportunity who wants to run, they can."

So does Morgan Walsh. Although he doesn't have quite the record the other two candidates have.

Stauss: "I really think that he should get in to other activities first before going for mayor."

He thinks he can add something new.

Walsh: "Obviously I do have a plan for what I see is the vision for East Grand Forks but I always find that you learn way more from listening than you ever do telling people your opinion."

Experience is working against Walsh but on the other hand Gregoire says that's what the city needs. As a business owner he says he can use that to his advantage.

Gregoire: "That'll help with our population, it'll help our school systems and we have a lot going here in East Grand Forks."

Stauss: "I always use the theory that 1/3rd of the people are against you, 1/3rd of the people are for you, and it's the other third that you have to try and get on your side."

All three candidates will be fighting for that third, but in the meantime the people of East Grand Forks will have to decide who to put in the mayor's seat for the next 4 years, whether it be someone old or someone new.

We're a little less than 12 weeks out from the election, so we should see some campaigning in the next few weeks as well as a mayoral debate.

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