State superintendent seeking reelection
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s state superintendent says she plans to seek reelection.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler says she will run for a third four-year term.
The superintendent is a nonpartisan official, but Baesler sought and received the Republican Party’s support in 2016 when she was elected with about 75% of the general election vote.
Baesler, 50, tells the Bismarck Tribune that it’s important the office serves all students in North Dakota regardless of the parties or affiliation of their parents.
“I’ve worked very hard the last 7½ years to make sure that I’m working across both sides of the aisle, and I continue to intend to do that same thing,” she said. “It’s critically important.”
Charles Tuttle is also running for superintendent. Tuttle was an unsuccessful independent candidate for North Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat in 2018.
In a campaign announcement last week, he said he wants “to Make North Dakota Schools Great Again.”