Mandan News

Porter will not see another term on Mandan Park Board

By LeAnn Eckroth
Lee News

Tracy Porter, past president of the Mandan Park Board, announced he will not seek re-election when his term expires in June. Porter has served on the board for 16 years, 13 of them as the board president.

“It’s been a very positive experience. I enjoy working with our park district. We have a good management team,” he said. “I also believe people should get involved with their community. Someone else has the opportunity be on the park board now that I’m stepping down.”

Porter is a native of Mandan and graduated from its high school. He earned a degree in accounting from the University of Mary. He is the chief financial officer for NISC in Mandan. “I think parks provide a great service to a community – whether that’s parks, trails or baseball fields,” Porter said

“He is very instrumental and level-headed,” said Cole Higlin, parks and recreation director. “He is very educated in tax management. With his calm demeanor, he makes rational decisions. He looks out for the little guy.”

Higlin said Porter is a good listener. “Even when people don’t get what they want, they feel they were treated fair,” he said.

Higlin lauded Porter for guiding the park district in financing the planned Mandan YMCA, funding the Raging Rivers Water Park and tackling financing of several projects in the district. Porter has no plans to run for another office, he said.

Three park board positions will be decided on June 10. Park Board President Jason Arenz and park board member Ann Keller said they will seek re-election to four-year terms.