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Meet the Candidate: Lyn James' portfolio highlights service to southwest North Dakota

"I will work tirelessly to build relationships with other legislators in order to effectively accomplish best outcomes for District 39 and the state," said Lyn James

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Lyn James announced her bid for the North Dakota House of Representative, District 39. James is a native of Bowman, and a member of the Bowman Rotary Club, Bowman Area Chamber of Commerce and the St. Charles Catholic Church.
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BOWMAN, N.D. — The “Legendary State” is made all the more so by the Western Edge and her serene prairie paradise, kindhearted people and economic mobility. Deep in the heart of western North Dakota, the prairies flourish amid rugged and rolling landscapes of wild grasses.

It is where amber waves of grain dance in the winds and free-grazing cattle lead peaceful lives on the calm silences of the range.

Painted in the middle of this surrounding majestic backdrop rests the city of Bowman, and a local candidate running for the North Dakota House of Representative for District 39.

"My roots are planted deep in southwestern ND. I was born and raised in Bowman, and after a brief time away from here, my husband Gordon and I decided to come home and raise our family," Lyn James said. "I have been in business in Bowman for more than 30 years, working and serving my customers at Flowers and Cappuccino by Lasting Visions, and have been active in many local organizations that support the growth and quality of life here."

James was first elected to the Bowman City Commission in 1996, where she served two terms before being elected President of the Bowman City Commission — a position she currently holds in her fifth term.

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In recent years, that witnessed the state rebound from the fog of uncertainty surrounding the 2020 global pandemic and the subsequent government responses to it, 2022 sparked interest in James to toss her hat into the state political ring in an effort to prove the adage that North Dakota strong is more than a slogan — it’s a reality.

"I've devoted a great deal of time and energy to making sure Bowman is a great place to live, work and play... and as one of your District 39 Representatives, I will work tirelessly and passionately to make sure that the quality of life here in southwestern North Dakota is the best it can be," James said. "I have spent decades advocating for western North Dakota, testifying before the Legislature regarding ways to improve and assist our region..."

James' knowledge on small businesses and what it takes to start and grow a business feature prominently on her platform.

"In addition to business ownership, I currently serve as Chairperson of the ND Economic Development Foundation, working closely with the Department of Commerce regarding business growth and tourism development in the state," she said. "I also serve on the Bowman County Development Corporation Board of Directors, where we work tirelessly to support the businesses in the area."

James said that workforce is a very serious issue in North Dakota, and her time on the ND Workforce Development Council has highlighted those issues for her.

Among the other priorities James' platform addresses, support of the law enforcement and the oil, gas and energy industry are top priorities. She actively serves on the ND Peace Officers Standards and Training Board and the Western Dakota Energy Association Board of Directors representing cities.

"As you can see, I am well versed in many areas, and am devoted to the well being of not only District 39, but also our entire state," James said. "I am proud to be endorsed by the District 39 Republicans as a candidate for ND House of Representatives. I am a member of the Bowman Rotary Club, Bowman Area Chamber of Commerce and St. Charles Catholic Church."

Speaking to area voters, James encouraged them to be active in their local and state governments — calling for them to vote on June 14.

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"I can assure you that I will continue to work hard for each and every one of you. I am grateful for the opportunity to speak to you, the voters, through this article," she said. "I am very excited for the possibilities that are ahead of me. I appreciate your vote on June 14."

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