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District 7 Candidates Profiles

October 15, 2010
Pierce County Tribune

Cynthia (Cindy) Shattuck

Family: Married 32 yrs, husband Lynn, 2 children; daughter Victoria & Brian Marsh,

our son Nicholas & Amanda Shattuck. Four grandchildren; twin girls Allara & Briley 6 yrs old, Zayden 2 & Jager 5 months.

Occupation: Credit Manager for Verendrye Electric Cooperative over 31 years

Office: District 7 Candidate for House of Representatives

Past/Present public office experience: Elected First Woman Mayor of Velva 2002, re-elected 2006; Appointed by McHenry County Commissioners to McHenry County Jobs Development Authority; Elected North Dakota League of Cities State President 2008, Vice-Pres 2007; Elected ND League of Cities executive board 2004-2010.

Reasons for running for office:

I believe ND allows everyone a chance for a better life. It's our duty to protect that for future generations. I feel it it's my turn to give back to the community.

What is/are important issues facing the county: We need to maintain and strengthen our infrastructure, especially our vital roads and water resources. I also feel it's important to maintain and strengthen our critical emergency services. To make sure property taxes and school mill levies are manageable, the state should provide 70 percent of the cost of education and invest part of the state's surplus in our next generation.

What role do legislators play in addressing those issues: We need to help with funding for our vital roads. We need to strengthen them to handle the traffic of larger trucks and a higher volume of traffic. It's critical for our local economy to have roads that facilitate business and move our products to market. There is a great need of ambulance services in the rural areas. Families depend upon these emergency services to provide transportation for medical treatment. Last legislative session funding was made available through grants to help pay for staffing these Ambulance services. ND Legislators should continue to fund these critical services. By continuing the higher levels of student foundation aid in the Department of Public Instruction and buying down the school mill levy with dedicated state funding for school districts, we can pay 70 percent of the cost of education and alleviate excessive property tax.

Why should voters choose you for this office: I've been dedicated to improving the lives of others through community service and have taken an active role in the Velva community. I'm trustworthy, responsible, and dependable. I have gained great knowledge by working together and listening. With my experiences and work ethic I'm committed to working hard for the people of District 7 as your representative in the N. D. House.



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