Don’t be misled by the outside

2012-06-08T01:30:00Z Don’t be misled by the outsideBy LEON HOUSE Mandan Bismarck Tribune
June 08, 2012 1:30 am  • 

 We need to respond to the letter to the editor from S.P Woodke, Bismarck.

Why do Bismarck residents think that they need to tell Mandan whom to vote for in the primary election?

The campaign against Rep. RaeAnn Kelsch, including the non-endorsed primary challenger from Mandan, has been run by outside special interests from Bismarck and Fargo. What do those people have in common with Mandan? Absolutely nothing.

Clearly, this individual does not know RaeAnn Kelsch. Woodke’s letter was factually inaccurate and blatantly false.

We have known RaeAnn for over 22 years. She is an extremely dedicated legislator who is committed to doing her best.

She listens to the concerns of her constituents and works very hard for her district. She is an energetic, positive, caring woman.

Rep. Kelsch has an enlightened sense of the legislative process and the vital role legislators hold in moving states forward.

Her expertise and knowledge of education policy and issues are irreplaceable. She sees the big picture and the know-how to make it a reality. That is why she gets the job done for Mandan and North Dakota.

The people of Mandan can be trusted to vote for the legislator they want to represent them at the Capitol without any outside influences.

That is why they have voted for and continued to elect Rep. Kelsch. She is a strong, articulate voice who will stand up for her constituents and for what she believes.

Kelsch’s experience and nationally recognized leadership have proven that she knows how to get results. Mandan cannot afford to lose her just because someone from Bismarck says to do so.

Please get out and show your support for RaeAnn Kelsch on Tuesday, June 12.

(This letter also was signed by Jeanne House, Mandan; Rick and Rosemary Jacobchick, Mandan and Gerald and Eleanor Knudson, Mandan)

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  1. New Patriot
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    New Patriot - June 11, 2012 6:48 pm
    We wouldn't want to hear other opinions from Bismarck and (gasp) Fargo!

    She isn't fit for office.
  2. sehr windig
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    sehr windig - June 09, 2012 10:54 am
    To quote local republican leadership back in March - "the last thing Mandan needs is a Democrat representative."

    So, they really don't care who's in office as long as it's a republican (and presumably votes the party line). They don't really care who's truly the best fit for the office. They don't care that RaeAnn couldn't keep her personal finances in order, but now will be making laws and policy for the whole state (not just Mandan).

    If I was living in Fargo and saw Mandan rubber-stamping like this (which does affect people statewide), you bet I'd put in my two cents.

    If the office in question was Mandan city council I'd kindly ask the Bismarck letter writer to mind his own but this isn't the case.
  3. Pilney
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    Pilney - June 08, 2012 2:36 pm
    Don’t believe the smear tactics coming from the opponents. Nathan’s Toman’s campaign for the state legislature in Mandan has been run by me, his wife of nine years. Nathan is a loving husband and father. He is an intelligent man who cares deeply about others. When he decided to run for the State House, he had a desire to help improve our community and our state. He will work for lower taxes, less government regulation and more individual prosperity. Our fellow citizens of Mandan have overwhelmed us with their support of Nathan’s campaign. Many people have told us it’s time for a change, and they are happy to have a fresh voice who will really listen to them and represent their concerns. For the first time in a long time, the people of Mandan have a clear choice this election. For more information, contact our website (, and remember to vote on Tuesday.

    Jessica M Toman
  4. JustaMan
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    JustaMan - June 08, 2012 2:23 pm
    Mr. House...Why do you need endorsement from the "Party" As a matter of fact, from a principle standpoint "The Party" has lost credibility and voters by not demanding that Ms.
    Kelsch resign her position. Don't you get lose either way!!

  5. mandanjo
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    mandanjo - June 08, 2012 12:14 pm
    I may agree to a point about outside interests trying to influence voting in another area BUT we are talking about the state legislative assembly and whatever each one does affects the whole. I would not vote for Kelsch and never have because she is arrogant and has a lousy attitude unless in front of a camera. My biggest issue is that she obviously has problems she was supposedly unaware of with home finances why should I believe she could keep on track with state issues? I do not believe she should be in office, period!
  6. bladeguy
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    bladeguy - June 08, 2012 9:56 am
    i have to agree with the letter writer about one thing. what do the outside interests from bismarck and fargo have to do with your representative? you vote for who you want to represent you in your district. when somebody from fargo is telling you, in mandan, who you should vote for to represent you, it's the same thing as if someone from florida comes to north dakota and tells us who we should vote for to represent us. you wouldn't allow that, would you?
  7. smokingcrator
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    smokingcrator - June 08, 2012 7:36 am
    I'm going to be completely astonished if she has a chance. I AM from Mandan, and I'm telling everyone I know to stay far, far away from voting for her. Seriously, you want some one with her past representing you in? She either has almost no common sense, or thinks she is above the law. Either of those is pretty much an automatic disqualifier for my vote.
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