Plain Talk: Fargo mayoral candidate decries 'media bias' in race

Shannon Roers Jones talks about conflicts of interests, civility in government, and media bias.

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Fargo mayoral candidate Shannon Roers Jones talked with The Forum at one of their offices on May 26.
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MINOT, N.D. — Shannon Roers Jones is a state lawmaker who is currently halfway through her second term representing Fargo-area District 46.

She's also a candidate for mayor of Fargo, and she has been, arguably, the most visible candidate thanks in no small part to a political mugging her father got from the Fargo's city commissioners, including two of her opponents in the mayoral race.

On this episode of Plain Talk, Roers Jones talks about what it would be like serving as a mayor and lawmaker (she hasn't decided if she'd do both if elected mayor), the claims that her mayoral duties, if elected, would clash with her career duties (she works for the family business, Roers Construction, as her day job), and what she describes as "media bias" in the local coverage of this race.

"The Forum has chosen to publish only negative stories and only negative letters," Roers Jones claims, referring to The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, the flagship newspaper for Forum Communications, my employers.

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Opinion by Rob Port
Rob Port is a news reporter, columnist, and podcast host for the Forum News Service. He has an extensive background in investigations and public records. He has covered political events in North Dakota and the upper Midwest for two decades. Reach him at Click here to subscribe to his Plain Talk podcast.
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