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Rep. Mac Schneider, Published October 22 2010

Mock committed to doing good job

It’s not every election season that you have the opportunity to vote for someone you know personally as an honest, committed and capable public servant. This fall, I am going to do just that when I cast a ballot for my friend and legislative colleague, Rep. Corey Mock, in his bid to be North Dakota’s secretary of state.

In our time representing Grand Forks’ District 42 together in the Legislature, Mock has shown himself to be a disciplined advocate for the people he represents and a thoughtful voice on the issues that matter most to North Dakotans. In addition to supporting bipartisan education funding reform and voting in favor of historic property tax relief, Mock led efforts to make government more accountable, efficient and less prone to partisan influence. His efforts to create an independent redistricting commission and save taxpayer dollars by reducing the travel costs of state officials demonstrate his commitment to practical, nonpartisan problem solving.

Beyond his work in the North Dakota Legislature, Mock’s experience as an administrator of a nonprofit clinic provides him with the background necessary to effectively manage the office of secretary of state. Given his opponent’s admission that nearly $770,000 was recently misspent on an unsuccessful computer program upgrade, a switch to someone with Mock’s managerial abilities is the right move for North Dakota taxpayers.

Mock is an established leader who will bring a humble competence to the secretary of state’s office. North Dakotans will be the beneficiaries of his service.

Schneider, D-Grand Forks, represents District 32 in the North Dakota House.