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Lee, Koppelman, Wieland endorsed by District 13 Republicans

Sen. Judy Lee, Rep. Kim Koppelman, and Rep. Alon Wieland were endorsed Tuesday evening, March 23, by District 13 Republicans in West Fargo.

More than 75 attended the endorsing convention, where the three incumbents received unanimous support for re-election to the North Dakota Legislature.

Lee and Koppelman were first elected in 1994, while Wieland joined the ticket in 2002.

Lee is chairman of the Human Services Committee and also serves on the Political Subdivisions Committee. She is also a member of the interim Health and Human Services, Judicial Process, Legislative Audit and Fiscal Review, and Long-Term Care Committees. She is past chairman of the Health Care Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), consisting of legislatures throughout the nation.

Lee was appointed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerald Van de Walle to the Judiciary Standards Committee and served as the Senate's President Pro Tempore in 2007.

She has worked for several years as a real estate broker and resides in West Fargo.

Koppelman chairs the Constitutional Revision Committee, vice chairs the Administrative Rules Committee, and serves on the Judiciary and Political Subdivisions Committees. He is also a member of the interim Judiciary and Judicial Process Committees and, as an appointee of the North Dakota Supreme Court, is on the Judicial Planning Committee.

He is past chairman of the Council of State Governments (CSG), made up of all three branches of government in all 50 states. He initiated and hosted the first National Interbranch Summit of the States in North Dakota in 2008 and is co-founder and past chairman of the Interbranch Working Group.

Koppelman is a member of the Civil Justice Task Force of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and the Executive Committees and Governing Boards of the Midwest Legislative Conference and of CSG, and previously served on the Executive Committee of NCSL. He is also Governor John Hoeven's appointee on the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission.

He owns Koppelman & Associates, an award-winning advertising, marketing, public relations agency and is a former city councilman. He and his wife, Torey, live in West Fargo.

Wieland serves on the Human Resources Division of the Appropriations Committee and is a member of the interim Budget Section, Government Services, Health and Human Services, and Long-Term Care Committees.

Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, he served for 20 years on the Cass County Commission, including service as its chairman. He has been involved in many community and civic activities.

He is retired from his work in real estate and appraisals. He and his wife, Merle, reside in West Fargo.

"It is an honor to have been endorsed for re-election to the North Dakota Senate from District 13," Lee commented. "We all have worked hard to serve our constituents in the past, and the support for returning to the North Dakota Senate was wonderful. It was exciting to see the turnout of people interested in this year's election and I look forward to continuing to represent our neighbors in the next four years."

Koppelman noted that "the enthusiasm and grass roots involvement of people taking an interest in their government is exciting. It's clear that people are engaged, energized and ready to make a difference. I've always appreciated our West Fargo neighbors' support, as we've worked hard for them in the legislature. Now it's time to work hard to earn their vote, once again."

Wieland added, "We are honored to serve the people of the 13th District and will continue to listen to your opinions and concerns. I believe that we work well as a team and always try to do the right thing in all our decisions and votes. We hope we have earned the trust of the folks in this district and look forward to the campaign in

the fall."