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Jackie Brodshaug, West Fargo, Published September 29 2012

Letter: Heitkamp, Gulleson for ND

I am excited about this fall’s election. Here in North Dakota, we have two highly qualified, knowledgeable, experienced and charming candidates to represent us in Washington.

Heidi Heitkamp became nationally known during her service as attorney general after being a highly effective tax commissioner. Heitkamp brought millions of dollars to North Dakota – seeing to it that catalog mail orders were taxed like other sales. She worked with other attorneys general to force cigarette companies to admit their product was responsible for heart disease, cancer and lung disease. These funds have been used by the Legislature to help balance the budget in leaner years.

I first met Heitkamp more than 30 years ago in a dull meeting. When she entered the room, it was infused with her energy, the work was soon completed and people were pleased with themselves and left smiling.

I met Pam Gulleson when we were first elected to the North Dakota Legislature. As farm women, we shared stories about how tough farming had been in the ’80s during the Reagan years of 16 to 20 percent interest on farm loans, low prices and drought. Gulleson’s tenure in the Legislature survived the 1994 Gingrich period. Mine didn’t.

Gulleson has worked across party lines for 16 years and then as Sen. Byron Dorgan’s, D-N.D., chief of staff in North Dakota. She’s a person you can trust; she knows both state and national issues and how to work to resolve them.

Years ago, North Dakota State University’s Dr. Harriet Light conducted a study of work done by North Dakota farm women. She concluded by stating that North Dakota (farm) women do “whatever needs to be done.”

We will do well to elect Heitkamp to the U.S. Senate and Gulleson to the U.S. House of Representatives. They will get the job done for us and make us proud we chose them to represent us.

Brodshaug is a former state legislator.