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LETTER: Mike Brown deserves credit for his vision of Grand Forks

Grand Forks is a great place to live, which is why my wife and I have chosen to move back here to work and raise our children. The city provides great services at a reasonable price, has low crime rates and offers a high quality of life. We shoul...

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Mayor Mike Brown gives the State of the City Address to a full audience on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D. (Logan Werlinger/Grand Forks Herald)

Grand Forks is a great place to live, which is why my wife and I have chosen to move back here to work and raise our children. The city provides great services at a reasonable price, has low crime rates and offers a high quality of life. We should all take pride in our city.

I have enjoyed my six years on the City Council. From time to time, issues come up with constituents which are hard to solve. As a strong leader, Mayor Mike Brown has empowered city administration and staff to make decisions and implement solutions.

I have especially enjoyed working with the mayor and other council members on the city budget. The City Council has multiple budget work sessions prior to the mayor presenting his budget to the City Council for debate. All council members have ample opportunities to bring new ideas and express concerns for any aspects of the budget, and often do.

Some are suggesting we need a change in leadership in Grand Forks. Sometimes change is a good thing, but in this case, I couldn't disagree more.

The mayor of Grand Forks needs to have vision and think big about the future. The mayor needs to be an ambassador for the city and represent us all in the way we want to be seen by the rest of the world.

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Brown is a great ambassador for Grand Forks.

This may come as a shock to many supporters of Brown's challenger, CIty Council member Terry Bjerke, but the guardians for the taxpayers are those of us who work together to shape the budget during the budgeting process. It is the City Council's job to manage spending and look after the wallet of all taxpayers in Grand Forks.

Through a process of collaboration and debate, the mayor and the council leadership team have worked together to manage spending. We have held the line on property taxes two years in row, and Bjerke deserves no credit for those accomplishments. Every year he is given many opportunities to participate in collaboration; instead, he chooses to display his concerns on camera, when it is too late for others to responsibly act.

A vote for Brown is a vote for keeping Grand Forks a great place to live, learn, work, play, and stay.

Dana Sande

Grand Forks

Sande is president of the Grand Forks City Council.

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