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WEST FARGO—Members of West Fargo's District 13 Republican Party endorsed candidates for election to the North Dakota Legislature on March 20.

The group unanimously endorsed Sen. Judy Lee and Rep. Kim Koppelman for re-election and Austen Schauer for the House of Representatives seat that will be vacated by Rep. Christopher Olson.

Olson is now the District 13 Republican chairman. Olson decided not to seek re-election because of current time demands of family and business.

Lee has been in the Senate since first elected in 1994, when she began serving on the Human

Services Committee, which she chairs. She is a retired real estate broker.

Koppelman was first elected to the House in 1994. He chairs the Judiciary Committee and is the owner of Koppelman & Associates, a communications, advertising and marketing firm.

Schauer is a longtime TV newsman who retired from journalism in 2013 and now works for

Prosource, a staffing agency in Fargo. His wife, Angie, recently retired as a long-time

teacher in the West Fargo School District.

Wendy Reuer

Wendy reports for The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer, where she is also assistant editor. A University of Minnesota Morris graduate from North Dakota, Wendy started her career in television news and entertainment in Minnesota and at CBS in Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota. 

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