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Jonathan Wilsnack, Published September 19 2010

Mock has good plan for governing

If there is one thing that gets tiring, it’s stagnant political banter that polarizes our communities and distracts from the real problems we need to address. That is why I was excited to hear about Rep. Corey Mock’s, D-Grand Forks, desire to restore independence and accountability to our government.

Mock introduced legislation in 2009 to create an independent redistricting commission and remove partisan bias from the process. In fact, Mock said he believed “many issues are too important for any one party to control.” If we had more elected leaders who shared that attitude, there would be more conversations in politics and less shouting.

The secretary of state is the closest thing North Dakota has to an ethics investigator. In conversation, Mock suggested that North Dakota adopt an independent ethics commission to review the conduct of all elected leaders instead of relying on the discretion of one individual. Imagine that: someone willing to give up this authority and create an independent commission to hold our government accountable.

Mock has demonstrated that he will do the right things for the right reasons as secretary of state. That is exactly the type of person I want working for me in Bismarck.