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Letter: Some representatives didn’t vote

What is the job of our representatives? What or who do they represent? The meaning of representative is a legislative assembly consisting of people chosen to act and speak on the behalf of a wider group.

What is the job of our representatives? What or who do they represent? The meaning of representative is a legislative assembly consisting of people chosen to act and speak on the behalf of a wider group.
I am starting to wonder what wider group do our legislators speak on behalf of.
Lets use House Bill 1461 as an example. If you are not familiar with this bill, a very brief description is, it would withdraw North Dakota from Common Core standards.
Please, put your thoughts and feelings on this subject aside and listen to some interesting points. Remember, I am trying to figure out who our representatives represent.
North Dakota United had an online petition going to keep Common Core standards. This petition received around 600 signatures before it was taken down. Also, around 60 people showed up to the hearing in support of Common Core.
There was also an online petition going around, put out by Stop Common Core in North Dakota. This petition received 1,400 signatures, and around 200 people showed hearing to repeal Common Core.
Let’s look at the totals. Around 650 people spoke out to keep Common Core. Around 1,600 people spoke out to repeal Common Core.
Just by looking at these numbers, it looks like twice as many people spoke out against Common Core. One thing I do not know is how many calls, texts or emails the representatives received.
The vote was Feb. 11, and if they did their homework, they should have had all the information I just gave you. The outcome, HB 1461 failed. Which means Common Core was not repealed.
Again, put your thoughts on this issue aside and focus on my main question. Who do our representatives represent? We had established that it looked like the majority of those who spoke out wanted Common Core repealed. That’s not what happened. Do the representatives feel they know more than the average person from our state? I hope that’s not the way it is. I wish I could say they represent the people of North Dakota, but I’m not so sure that I can.
This is how some of the surrounding district representatives voted: District 36, Rep. Alan Fehr, No; Rep. Mike Schatz, Yes. District 37, Rep. Mike Lefor, No, Rep. Vicky Steiner, Yes. District 39, Rep. Keith Kempenich, Yes; Rep. Denton Zubke, No.

Aliesha Simons, Dickinson

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