Compare the Candidates – Biographical Profiles and Positions on the Issues

November 6, 2012 North Dakota General Election

Candidates for Superintendent Of Education, North Dakota

Kirsten Baesler
www.kirstenbaesler.comwww.kirstenbaesler.com
(701) 527-4664
Tracy Potter
(701) 222-2564
Biographical
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)
Kirsten Baesler

Public education has been my passion my entire adult life. Every activity or event I have been involved with has been dedicated to helping children grow emotionally, physically and intellectually. I am passionate about teaching and learning and view myself

Tracy Potter

No response

Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)
Kirsten Baesler

I was raised in Flasher ND, and have lived in Mandan, ND, for more than 25 years. I am the mother of three grown sons; one a recent graduate of UNC and twin sons who are students at Bismarck State College.

Tracy Potter

Wife: Laura Anhalt; 2 Children: Vaughn, Jenny

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)
Kirsten Baesler

21 years work experience in public education Assistant Principal and Media Specialist Bismarck Public Schools

Tracy Potter

President/Executive Director, Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation, present

Author

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)
Kirsten Baesler

Governor Appointed Member, North Dakota Educational Technology Council, 2011-Present

42 year member of American Legion Auxiliary

Morton Mandan Public Library Board of Trustees

Mandan Progress Organization Executive Board

Chairman of Mandan Tomorrow Strategic Planning Committee

Former Sunday School Teacher

Youth Park and Rec Coach

Cub Scout Leader

Tracy Potter

President, Northern Plains Heritage Foundation

Rotary

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)
Kirsten Baesler

My work as Southwest Director for the North Dakota School Board Association, and as President of the Mandan Public School Board requires constant monitoring not only of education-related regulatory issues that affect our schools but also research, innovations, technology and best teaching practices.

Tracy Potter

Candidate, North Dakota State Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2012

Candidate, United States Senate, 2010

Senator, North Dakota State Senate, 2007-present

Religion (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)
Kirsten Baesler

Member Spirit of Life Church

Tracy Potter

No response

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)
Kirsten Baesler

2010 North Dakota Library Association President's Award for Meritorious Service to NDLA

North Dakota Educators Association Librarian of the Year Finalist 2008

North Dakota School Boards Association Veteran Board Member with Distinction

City of Mandan

Tracy Potter

No response

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)
Kirsten Baesler

Master's Degree, Education and Library Information Technology, Valley City State University

Bachelor's Degree, Education, Minot State University

Tracy Potter

MA, History, University of North Dakota

BA, History, University of North Dakota

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