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Better know your leaders: Shirley Dukart

Dickinson City Commissioner Shirley Dukart

Hometown: Dickinson

Positions with the city: City Commissioner

For how long: Since 2008

When did you move to Dickinson: Since birth

How do your job as a Realtor and your position on the City Commission complement each other? Are there any challenges or conflicts?

As a Realtor, I understand the needs of our community. We are a well-rounded commission and sharing my knowledge of the community needs and gaining their knowledge benefits me, my co-workers and my clients.

Conflicts would be monetary gain from a listing or sale I have in place, I have to refrain from voting.

Challenges are being short staffed at City Hall and trying to keep Dickinson moving forward for our community needs.

What do you like most about being on the City Commission? Least?

What I like most is participating in building our community. What I like least is not working as a team to solve problems and issues.

What drew you to the City Commission in the first place?

I wanted to have a voice for the community; this is my city since birth.

What does your family think of your position on the commission?

My family backs me 100 percent and they are great listeners and help me with their opinions.

Do you have any role models in government (current or past, living or dead)?

My role models are U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and North Dakota Sen. Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson. My past role model was North Dakota Sen. Ray David, who encouraged me to go into politics in the '80s.

Questions by Katherine Grandstrand

Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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