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Pam Musland, Jamestown, N.D., Published May 24 2012

A second chance to elect Heitkamp

Second chances don’t often happen in life. North Dakotans are fortunate to have a second chance to get it right and elect Heidi Heitkamp to higher office this fall.

Say what you will, but her election bid in 2000 pitted her against two foes – an opponent and cancer. I know people who didn’t vote for Heidi simply because she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. As a breast cancer survivor myself, that is beyond sad. Cancer

doesn’t define a person. It’s not who they are or what they can and will do. Cancer, if anything, makes a person more determined.

For years, Heidi has proved herself to be a strong “can-do, roll-up-your-sleeves” leader, who has served our state with distinction as our former attorney general and as a director for the Dakota Gasification synfuels plant. She is an attorney, a mother, a wife, a neighbor, a North Dakotan who is known from Fargo to Beach by only her first name. She is one of us – the 99 percent, not the 1 percent.

There are only 17 women currently serving in the U.S. Senate. Companies across this country are finally realizing the importance of having a female perspective in the boardroom for diversity and financial success, so why not the U.S. Senate?

Heidi is the right choice, not just because she is a woman but because she is the best candidate for the job.