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Tyrone Grandstrand

Grandstrand won’t seek second term on Grand Forks City Council

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Grand Forks City Council member Tyrone Grandstrand announced Wednesday he will not seek a second term.

“I really enjoyed my time on the council,” Grandstrand said, “but if I commit to something, I want to put forth my best effort.”

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Since taking a new job in January, Grandstrand said he has become busier, and he doesn’t feel he will be able to “give residents the public service they deserve” now or anytime in the near future.

That doesn’t mean Grand Forks residents won’t ever see 28-year-old Grandstrand on a ballot again, though.

“Maybe one day,” he said. “I guess I wouldn’t want to say never.”

Granstrand was 24 and a student at UND when he was first elected in Ward 2 in north Grand Forks in 2010. Then as now, he is the youngest member of the council.

Grandstrand said he thinks “some people made some assumptions” about his political ambitions when he first ran for City Council in 2010.

“I don’t want to make (politics) a career,” he said. For now, he said, he feels like he can best serve the public through his job.

Grandstrand works for Common Enterprise Development Corp., a Mandan, N.D.,-based group that helps start cooperative businesses.

Grandstrand got his start in politics as UND’s student body president. He ran for mayor in 2012 and was defeated by Mayor Mike Brown 69 percent to 31 percent.

City Council seats for Wards 2, 4 and 6 are up for election in June. No one has publicly announced running for Ward 2, currently served by Grandstrand.

Ward 6 incumbent Dana Sande has announced he will seek a second term.

City Council President Hal Gershman has announced he will not seek re-election for Ward 4. Nels Christianson and Jeannie Schultz Mock have both announced they plan to run for Gershman’s seat.

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Charly Haley
Charly Haley covers city government for the Grand Forks Herald. As night reporter, she also has many general assignments. Haley is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her hometown is Sartell, Minn. Read more of her reporting about the city of Grand Forks at citystreetbeat.areavoices.com.
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