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Jeff Manley enters Grand Forks City Council race in Ward 3

Jeff Manley

Jeff Manley, an information systems professional at Altru, has announced his entry into the Grand Forks City Council race for Ward 3.

Manley, 48, describes himself as a candidate with a “conservative viewpoint” who said he stands against any forthcoming tax increases and feels that Grand Forks Public Library officials should continue to look into renovating the 2110 Library Circle location.

Manley’s announcement makes all five city-level elections on the June ballot contested races. He would face incumbent City Council member Bret Weber for the Ward 3 seat.

“Our incumbent in Ward 3 has some ideas that I just don’t agree with,” Manley said, “So I’d like to give the public another chance at voting for somebody with some opposing ideas.”

Though Library Board officials previously dismissed the idea of renovating the library in December as an ineffective use of resources, Manley said he wants the option presented to the public alongside a downtown or midtown location.

Manley said he doesn’t agree with any changes to the city’s sales tax rates, which has been discussed as a potential future source of funding for projects such as building a library, water treatment plant and underpass at 42nd Street and DeMers Avenue. He argued instead on prioritizing projects that are more important.

A husband as well as a father of one, Manley graduated from Red River High School in 1986. He graduated from UND with a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 1998.

Ward 3 includes the downtown area, adjacent neighborhoods and all of Grand Forks north of Gateway Drive.

Meet Jeff Manley

Age: 48

Address: 900 block of Cherry Street

Professional experience: Supervisor of data, analytics and integration services for Altru Health Systems since January; has worked in information systems for Altru in Grand Forks for 28 years

Political Experience: N/A

Community Involvement: Schroeder Middle School PTO

Education: Red River High School, 1986; University of North Dakota, bachelor’s degree in computer science, 1998

Family: Mindi, wife; son, age 13

Why voters should choose you? “(I have a) conservative viewpoint, as opposed to the incumbent. (I am) a better choice than taxing individuals and spending the money on project after project.”

Sam Easter

Sam Easter is a City Government reporter for the Grand Forks Herald. You can reach him with story tips, comments and ideas at 701-330-3441.

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