After a local 30-year member of the North Dakota House of Representatives announced his decision not to seek re-election, District 37 has selected a new candidate.
Dickinson resident Vicky Steiner, executive director of the North Dakota Oil and Gas Producing Counties, was endorsed as a candidate during The District and Endorsing Convention of District 37 Republican Party held Jan. 11 at The Days Hotel-Grand Dakota Lodge in Dickinson.
In a chance to see if other Republicans may wish to run, a primary election will be held June 8.
After serving 30 years in the North Dakota House of Representatives, departing Rep. Frank Wald, R-Dickinson, feels Steiner is a well-qualified, strong fit for the job.
"No one came forward at the endorsing convention other than Vicky and so she was endorsed ... and I knew she was interested after last session," Wald said.
Since 1987, Steiner has worked in 12 legislative sessions where she gained first-hand knowledge of the political process as well as has come to know many figures in the arena, experience she feels could be highly beneficial to Dickinson.
"Understanding the process, I'm hoping that that'll be an advantage for Dickinson to have somebody down there with experience," Steiner said.
Steiner said she has closely observed Wald's work in the past eight years and "took notes" as he knew how to get the job done.
"She has certainly witnessed how the Legislature functions," Wald said. "When she gets elected, she can hit the ground running."
Amid a weakened economy, Steiner hopes to make sure state funding "is spent wisely for our future generations."
"We have a quality of place here in Dickinson that I want to see continue," according to a press release. "Job opportunities are also important especially in keeping our young people here. Part of that mix is maintaining a business tax climate that is fare and balanced, always looking at ways to keep the government lean."