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Forum staff reports , Published February 10 2014

Fargo School Board member to run for ND District 11 House seat

FARGO – Fargo School Board member Kris Wallman announced Monday that she’ll seek one of the two District 11 state House seats up for election in the June 10 primary.

Wallman will seek the Democratic-Nonpartisan League endorsement for the seat at the convention March 1.

Wallman said her school board experience gives her a good sense of property tax issues, and she’d like to see North Dakota have a “sustainable (education) funding formula that’s not really at the whim of any particular lawmakers.”

She said she would also want the state to provide “the best foundation and starting point for early childhood education.”

Wallman works on public policy issues for the nonprofit Red River Valley Asperger-Autism Network

She was elected to a four-year term on the School Board in 2010. She said she won’t seek re-election to that seat.

Wallman is a graduate of the University of California-Berkeley and San Francisco State University.

Her husband, Marc, works at North Dakota State University. They live with their two children on Ninth Street South.

District 11 Rep. Scot Kelsh recently announced that he will not seek re-election. He had been in the House since 1996. The district’s other seat is held by first-term Rep. Ron Guggisberg. Both men are Democrats.

Guggisberg announced Monday that he will be seeking re-election.

Guggisberg was first elected to the House in 2010. He served on the appropriations committee-government operations division during the 2013 legislative session. He is a captain with the Fargo Fire Department, and he is also pursuing a degree in economics at North Dakota State University.

The District 11 state Senate seat held by Democrat Tim Mathern is also up for election this year. Mathern has announced that he will seek re-election.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583