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Editorial - Steiner, Jackson are solid choices for the Dickinson City Commission

What often produces the most difficult decision when choosing individuals for elected offices is when you have nothing but qualified individuals running on the ballot. Such is the case this June 10, when Dickinson residents consider three candidates for two Dickinson City Commission seats.

Leading the list of city hopefuls is incumbent Commissioner Carson Steiner. He is joined in this year's election by businesswoman Shirley Dukart, who is taking her second shot at a commission seat, and political newcomer and businessman Gene Jackson.

Given his positive experience on the Dickinson City Commission and earlier on the Dickinson Park Board, Steiner deserves your continuing support. He addresses commission issues in a straightforward and thoughtful manner, while also expressing his thoughts with a meaningful and common sense demeanor.

Shirley Dukart, meanwhile, earlier ran a strong campaign for the city commission while falling just short in her initial attempt. She is well known throughout the community, is very active in the community and has been attending city commission meetings to broaden her understanding of its inner workings.

Gene Jackson, however, has spent a good deal of his career as an engineer working with various government bodies throughout the region, state and beyond. Through his capacity as an engineer and then business owner who continues to work on government projects, Jackson has hands-on insight not only about city government, but county, state and federal entities.

Jackson's broad experience in this regard would prove to be very beneficial for the Dickinson City Commission. Jackson also supplements this experience with a diverse background of civic involvement.

Therefore, we encourage you to return incumbent Commissioner Carson Steiner to the Dickinson City Commission and elect Gene Jackson to his first stint on the city commission when you go to the polls on June 10.