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Lewis Lubka, Fargo, Published November 03 2012

Letter: Elect professor to lead schools

I first met Tracy Potter, candidate for state superintendent of schools, when I came to North Dakota 40 years ago. North Dakota State University invited me for a one-year visiting lectureship, but tenure and love for this place has kept me here. Potter introduced me to the glorious history of this state, to the era of the NPL and how the Bank of North Dakota and the North Dakota Mill and elevator were established. How proud he was that we were the only state with such progressive institutions.

Tracy is a historian. He wrote a wonderful book about how Sheheke, a Mandan chief, struggled to maintain the integrity of his tribe in the face of the war against his people. Potter has been a classroom teacher, too. But with him we get a political leader who was elected to two sessions of the North Dakota Senate. He knows the inside of North Dakota politics and how to get things done.

Potter’s opponent in the race for superintendent was a classroom teacher many years ago. She could assign students to study pages so and so in the textbook. More recently, she has been a school librarian who could help students find books. Potter is a professor who professes what is far beyond the textbook. I’m voting for Potter for state superintendent of schools.