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Sylvia Morgan, Published October 09 2010

Potter well-suited to be in Senate

The Forum gave good coverage to the Tracy Potter/John Hoeven debates. I wish to add a few things about Tracy Potter, the Democratic candidate for the Senate.

I have known him for decades, and I believe him to be someone who has dedicated himself to his home state of North Dakota and to our residents. As a legislator, he represents a district in Bismarck and he is president and executive director of the Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation, which operates a historic site in Mandan.

In 1997, Potter received the Greater North Dakota Association’s Tourism Development Award. In 2005, he received the Tourism Industry’s Leadership Award. He has served as president of the Northern Plains Heritage Foundation.

Potter’s education includes bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Dakota. His major was history. Grand Forks was the city in which he was born and raised.

Some of the points that Potter made in the first debate that I believe are important are as follows: He is proud of the medical reimbursements to North Dakota providers that are part of the health care bill; he welcomes the service of any American who wants to serve in the military, and he supports the extension of the Bush tax cuts for the middle class.

His point about supporting additional stimulus for infrastructure indicates to me that he recognizes the need for roads and bridges in western North Dakota.

Potter is a sound candidate and an independent voice. I hope he wins the election to the Senate.