Casselton resident Pete Silbernagel has announced his intention to run for the North Dakota Legislature seeking the District 22 Republican endorsement for the North Dakota House of Representatives. Representative Vonnie Pietsch will not be seeking re-election.
Silbernagel, 61, has North Dakota roots. He was raised on the family farm near Linton, N,D. and earned his college degree from the University of Mary in Bismarck. His career began with the Melroe organization in Bismarck. He has worked with manufacturing companies for nearly 40 years. He was President of Alloway manufacturing, Fargo, for 10 years. For the past 12 years Silbernagel has worked for TrueNorth Steel, Fargo, where he is currently President of the Corrugated Pipe Business Unit.
Silbernagel has a long record of community service serving on: the Casselton City Council for the past 12 years; the Cass County Economic Development Board of Directors and the Executive Board; church boards in Horace and Casselton; and on the board of the National Corrugated Steel Pipe Association.
Silbernagel and his wife, Catherine, have three children; Joshua, Amanda, Chris and daughter-in-law Rachel.
Silbernagel feels his strong track record of leadership in the private and public sectors have prepared him well to represent the residents of District 22. "I believe North Dakota is facing many serious issues. Participation in the political process is something I feel strong about," said Silbernagel. "I have never been afraid to face challenges with a strong, clear voice - whether in business or in the political arena," he said.
North Dakota District 22 covers the greater part of Western Cass County.