Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig Claims Someone Is Impersonating Him in Negative Reviews of Local Businesses


Fargo, N.D., City Commissioner Tony Gehrig listens to Commissioner Dave Piepkorn speak about Gehrig's plan to cut the city's property taxes by 20-percent during a city commissioner's meeting at the Civic Center on Monday, July 20, 2015. Nick Wagner / The Forum

In a Facebook post put up last night Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig claims someone is impersonating him on the internet.

“So someone has created an account named ‘T Gehrig’ here in Fargo giving some 60 or so local businesses and charities 1 star reviews,” he wrote. “I’m sure it has nothing to do with the election coming up.”

Gehrig confirmed to me this morning that he’s running for re-election next year. His fiscally conservative positions on city issues have angered many in Fargo’s progressive community. “We need to put our needs before our wants,” he told me in a recent interview, adding that his work to reduce the cost of Fargo’s new city hall facility by $20-$30 million was a “major victory.”

Apparently not everyone thinks so.

Candidates for office can begin filing next month, and the deadline for candidates is in April. The election itself is in June.

Former commissioner Mike Williams, who was term limited during his previous stint, has said he’s running for another term as has Mayor Mike Mahoney. Commissioner Dave Piepkorn has indicated he may run for the commission again or another office.