Representative Karen Karls announced her candidacy for re-election to the North Dakota House of Representatives from District 35 in Bismarck. She intends to seek the endorsement at the District 35 Republican Convention.

Karls has served District 35 in the North Dakota House of Representatives since 2006 and has served as Republican district chairperson for 20 years. As a legislator, Karls has served on the House Education committee, the Government and Veterans Affairs committee and on the Judiciary committee, serving the past two sessions as vice-chair.

“I believe the Justice Reinvestment Initiative in North Dakota will decrease the growth of our prison population by sending non-violent, low-level offenders to alternative treatment or to supervised probation instead of to prison," said Karls, who has four children with her husband, Ken.

In 2011, Karls, who holds a degree in medical technology from Minot State University, was appointed to the State Council on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. She also serves on the Protection & Advocacy Committee and the Volunteer Caregivers Board.

Karls, a member of Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, serves as an officer on the Bismarck-Mandan Rifle & Pistol Association's executive board.

The District 35 Republican Endorsing Convention will be held Jan. 31 at the Ramada Inn with registration beginning at 6 p.m. and the endorsing convention at 7 p.m. The convention also will select delegates for the State Republican Convention scheduled for April 6-8 in Grand Forks.

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