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Restoring Trust and Accountability

Growing up in Killdeer, I learned the value of hard work, honesty and accountability, and to always care for your neighbors. These values are common well beyond my small town, though. Many recognize these as values that we all share and ones that our leaders should exemplify.

In our town of just few hundred families, caring for your neighbor doesnt just mean lending a cup of sugar. It means watching your neighbors house and animals when they leave town. It means taking care of your land and water because its your neighbors land and water too. It means picking up your neighbor when they need it most.

When I think about home, I think about my grandparents. My grandma, who worked well past retirement age, serving lunch at the school and cleaning at the church. She still lives down the block from my parents now. And, my grandpa, who was the maintenance man extraordinaire at the school, for more than 30 years. Edna and Erwin exemplified what it meant to be a part of the community.

I also, of course, think about my parents, and the sacrifices they made and continue to make for our family. From my parents, I learned the value of service and working for what you have. As soon as I was old enough to work, I had a job and always had a job, right up until law school. Like so many of you, Ive worked hard for what I have and want to make sure that when I send my tax payments to the government, those dollars are being spent responsibly.

The lessons I learned from my family and my small town have guided me in life and in my public service. When I was in the state legislature, I fought for better access to mental health care and substance abuse treatment for our neighbors. And, I fought for better schools for our kids. I was also responsible for carefully administering billions of your hard-earned tax dollars when I served on the Transportation Committee and the Human Services Committee.

Since I launched this campaign and have traveled the state, Ive heard from North Dakotans about their distrust and concern regarding our current Tax Commissioner. They dont have a clear picture on whats happening in the state capitol. They dont see our shared values reflected in our state government.

I hope to serve you as Tax Commissioner and protect your hard-earned tax dollars. If given the chance, I will bring back trust, accountability and responsibility to the Tax Commissioners office. North Dakotans deserve nothing less.

In service,

Kylie M. Oversen

Candidate for North Dakota Tax Commissioner

This is a paid endorsement letter to the editor.

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