Fargo City Commission candidate Ves Marinov cites focus on public safety as key campaign pillar

(Fargo, ND) — A current North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper cites concern for public safety in Fargo as the primary reason for his candidacy for city commission in June.

Ves Marinov says policing and crime in the city has struck a chord with him as a key issue facing Fargo as growth continues.

“As a private citizen, I am worried because we are currently in a public safety crisis,” Marinov said during an interview with WDAY Midday. “Crime has increased exponentially and the citizens of Fargo do not feel safe.”

Marinov says he feels there is a major disconnect between City Hall and the citizens of Fargo, as commissioners try to own the national police narrative, instead of focus on supporting law enforcement and giving them the tools to succeed. He added that if it were up to him, the Police Advisory and Oversight Council would be disbanded.

The State Trooper also said more oversight and committees won’t solve problems beyond just policing, as having direct lines of communication with residents and accommodating their needs can be done at the commission level, not with several other councils set up. .

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