Former Minot city council member and state representative Lee Snyder has accepted the endorsement of the District 3 Democratic-NPL Party to run for the North Dakota House of Representatives.
"I feel that the Minot area has been underserved by our current legislators. The strong leadership from the east of North Dakota has chosen to ignore or downplay problems we face in western North Dakota. The prime example for our community has been the lack of legislation easing the problems caused by the 2011 flood. Our local legislators have played 'follow the leader' and failed to effectively represent our community," Snyder said in a prepared statement.
Snyder is a native of Minot and graduate of Minot High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Minot State University and a master of public administration degree from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. He also taught history, economics and government at Surrey High School for 19 years, as well as worked for Job Service North Dakota as an employment interviewer before retiring.
Snyder served six years in the U.S. Army Reserves. Snyder was in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1990 to 1992, serving on the Judiciary and Natural Resources Committees. He also represented Ward 2 on the Minot City Council representing from 1996 to 2008. While an alderman, he served on the Public Works Committee, the Airport Committee, the All Seasons Arena Committee and the Ward County Planning Committee.
He currently volunteers as a tour guide for the Dakota Territory Air Museum.
Cindy Wilhelm, an adjunct faculty member at Minot State University, is seeking the other District 3 House seat on the Democratic ticket.
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.