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Amber Larson

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A Mandan business owner announced Thursday plans to run for city commission.

Amber Larson, co-owner of Larson’s Tattooing and senior marketing manager with Bartlett & West, will seek one of two open commission seats in the June election.

“We have some important issues facing Mandan, and voters deserve a choice of where our future is headed,” said Larson, noting it’s a pivotal time for the city to reinvigorate itself.

She says revitalization is possible through the redevelopment of city-owned properties, such as the former Central Market and Thrifty White Drug buildings.

“There are ways to leverage these properties to attract businesses and amenities, which would serve our residents while adding to our sales tax base rather than increasing property taxes,” said Larson, a graduate of the Bismarck Women’s Leadership Program.

Infrastructure planning is also needed, as Mandan further develops to the north and south, according to Larson, who participates in the Chamber’s Leadership Bismarck-Mandan program and volunteers for several health and human services groups.

“I understand the value of a dollar well invested, as well as a dollar saved. As a city commissioner, I’ll do my research, listen to concerns and draw on my diverse experience to help this community balance spending with growth,” said Larson, who holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a master’s degree in strategic leadership from the University of Mary.

She has experience in media, utilities, health care, engineering, strategic planning, budget and staff planning and management, marketing, communications and entrepreneurship.

Larson works with the Mandan Progress Organization each year to plan and orchestrate the “Touch a Truck” event and serves on the Mandan Architectural Review Commission.

For 11 years, Larson and her husband, Jon, have called Mandan home. They have one daughter who is active in gymnastics and attends Mandan Public School.

Commissioners Shauna Laber and Dennis Rohr are both seeking re-election to their seats. Election Day is June 12.

(Reach Cheryl McCormack at 701-250-8264 or cheryl.mccormack@bismarcktribune.com.)​

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