Meet the Candidates

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The District 29 Democratic-NPL Party has endorsed three candidates for the North Dakota Legislature. “District 29 is pleased to announce a trio of extremely qualified, knowledgeable, and experienced leaders to fill our ticket,” says District 29 Chairwoman Jill Shaffer. Charles Linderman of Carrington and Lori Carlson of rural Jamestown will run for the House seats, and Jeff Piehl of Marion will run for the Senate seat.

Born and raised on a farm in Carrington, Charles Linderman still farms there with his wife, Ellen. They have three children and five grandchildren. Linderman served in the ND State Legislature as a Representative from 1982 to 1988 and again from 1990 to 1992. He has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Agricultural Engineering from NDSU. He has worked for the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Lincoln, Nebraska, and as an Extension Specialist for NDSU. Currently, Linderman is President of the Foster County Farmers’ Union, a Director and Secretary of the Arrowwood Prairie Cooperative, and District Director of the ND Soybean Council.

Lori Carlson was born in Littlefork, MN, moved to Spiritwood with her family in 1995, and is a graduate of Jamestown High School. Carlson farms with her husband, Richard, and their son between Spiritwood and Ypsilanti. Carlson began serving on the Spiritwood School Board in 1990, a school district which later reorganized to become Barnes County North. Carlson has been the Board President since 1992. She has served as Clerk of Winfield Township for 18 years; she also serves on the Governing Board of the Southeast Education Cooperative and on the Board of Directors of the North Dakota Small Organized Schools. Carlson has served as President, Treasurer, and Secretary for the Spiritwood PTO and as a Just Say No leader. Carlson is an outspoken advocate for education and for rural infrastructure development.

Jeff Piehl farms with his wife, Kris, near Marion. They have three children. Piehl has attended Moorhead State University and Moorhead Tech and has an Associate’s Degree in Production Agriculture. Jeff is currently Secretary of the Marion Equity Elevator; as President and Director, he was instrumental in forming the Plains Grain and Agronomy LLC and building a new shuttle loading facility in Enderlin. Piehl has served 17 years for Saratoga Township as the Clerk/Treasurer, 9 years on the Litchville-Marion School Board, 8 years on the Lakeview Cemetery Board, and is Past Director and President of the Marion Lutheran Church, LaMoure County Farm Services Agency, Marion Wildlife Club, and Marion Shipping Association.

“All three of these outstanding candidates have exhibited their unstinting commitment to building vibrant and productive communities in rural North Dakota. They will bring a fresh voice to District 29, whether it be in advocating for infrastructure development, supporting educational opportunities for our children, or providing property tax relief. The District 29 Democratic-NPL Party couldn’t be more pleased about our slate of candidates and know that the constituents will appreciate the qualifications that Charles Linderman, Lori Carlson, and Jeff Piehl will bring to the ND State Legislature,” states Chairwoman Shaffer.