Wilhelm to run for North Dakota legislature

Cindy Wilhelm of Minot has been endorsed by the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party as a candidate for the North Dakota House of Representatives in District 3.

“I would like the opportunity to work for the constituents of District 3,” Wilhelm said in prepared statement. “There are issues that weren’t resolved in the last legislative session that affect them, as well as other Minot residents. They include the 2011 flood issues, the affordable housing shortage and ongoing local infrastructure problems. It’s time for real representation for District 3 residents. We need to bring balance back to the Legislature, and I want to be a part of that. I would like the chance to work in a bi-partisan manner to achieve practical solutions for the issues confronting our state.”

Wilhelm is a native of Esmond. She attended Minot State University and received her bachelor of science degree in elementary education and her master’s degree in education. She taught for 34 years, including 31 years with Minot Public Schools. Wilhelm retired from the school system in 2012 and is an adjunct faculty member in the teacher education department at MSU.

Wilhelm is active in Phi Delta Kappa, Delta Kappa Gamma and First Lutheran Church.

“Our state has a strong economy, but there are many issues and problems that have developed in conjunction with it that still need to be addressed,” she said. “I would like to be a spokesperson for District 3, as well as for our state. We need to talk across the political lines, and I’d like to be one of those voices.”

District 3 currently is represented by Sens. Oley Larsen and Rep. Andy Maragos, both R-Minot, who previously announced that they were seeking re-election. District 3 includes the region from east of Broadway in Minot to east of Surrey, including the area from Minot International Airport and south past Logan on U.S. Highway 52.