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Kent Satrang, Fargo, Published February 24 2014

Letter: ND in capable young hands

On Feb. 5, I attended a Fargo news conference where Ryan Rauschenberger announced his desire to continue as North Dakota tax commissioner. I was pleasantly surprised that most attenders were young people. As I met these engaged political leaders, I could see the support for their friend, but also a depth of knowledge of issues and the resolve of their passion for economic growth for our state and for all of it residents.

As an industry proponent for the Bakken oilfields and for corn and soybean farmers, I met Rauschenberger many years ago in his work as an energy manager with the Commerce Department. I was impressed with his maturity, his ideas and with his passion to help both our energy and ag sectors. A successful track record and hands-on experience with our state’s energy issues, coupled with his MBA and private sector CPA experience, perfectly equips him for the job. After all, he’s served as deputy commissioner for four years and currently is interim tax commissioner.

Our Tax Department implemented cutting-edge technology, and his staff is very cordial to work with. Rauschenberger is a natural leader who is committed to equitably serving all taxpayers. I went to this news conference to show my confidence in a uniquely prepared young tax commissioner. I came away renewed that even with America’s most vibrant economy, North Dakota’s greatest asset is not its oil, its agriculture or its budget reserves. It is, of course, our young people, and many like Tax Commissioner Rauschenberger are well-equipped to lead.