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Rick Ross, Valley City, N.D., Published October 20 2012

Letter: Put an educator in the state job

Kirsten Baesler has made education her life. From the moment she started college to the present, she has made education her passion. She was an elementary school teacher, a library media specialist, an assistant principal, a member of the Mandan School Board, and has served as president of that board. She is an active member of the North Dakota School Board Association and serves as editor of their member publication, “Bulletin,” as well as serving as the assistant to the executive director for the NDSBA.

We in North Dakota have not seen a superintendent of public instruction’s resume that equals that of Baesler. I have had several opportunities to discuss relevant issues in education with Baesler and found her able to listen to my concerns and then address them with relevant answers that only come from someone in education.

On Nov. 6, we have a choice to make. Should we pick someone who has a desire to make politics his livelihood with very little education experience, or do we make the right decision and choose the candidate who has made education her passion, and teaching our children her life. Let’s vote for Baesler and let our education system be run by educators.