Paid political letter: Armstrong is out of touch with rural leaders

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In rural North Dakota, volunteer leaders serve on school boards, water boards, city councils, church committees, civic associations, rodeo committees, park boards, and cooperative boards. They work in community gardens, fight fires, teach Sunday school, cook meals for their neighbors, and keep our cemeteries in tip top shape. If you are from my town, you know these extraordinary people, and likely you are one of them.

I had the opportunity to join a group of such leaders for a round table meeting with Congressman Armstrong back in August. Farmers, business owners, and school leaders, among others, shared their unique concerns about the future of our rural community. Our Congressman repeatedly interrupted folks, and proved incapable of listening. Instead of using the round table to uncover new perspectives, or learn from his constituents, he pushed polarizing, national talking points. In the room of folks my town depends on, this guy was out of touch.

Think about the neighbors you enjoy serving with. Consider the character of leadership that it takes to get meaningful projects done. And stop sending non-leaders to represent us in Washington. Send Cara Mund and Katrina Christiansen who actively listen, willingly collaborate, and truly lead for those of us who want a better future for our rural communities.

Joanna Larson
Sheyenne, N.D.