Plain Talk: “At What Point Will the Governor Give That Local Control Back?”


Brandt Dick is already a superintendent. He works for the public school system in Underwood, North Dakota.

He’d like to continue to be a superintendent, albeit of all of North Dakota’s public schools. He’s asking North Dakota voters to do that this election year. He’s one of three candidates for the position on the June primary ballot, along with incumbent Kirsten Baesler and gadfly candidate Charles Tuttle.

Asked about Baesler’s job performance, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, which prompted statewide school closures, Dick said she’s done a “decent job,” though he thinks she hasn’t been assertive enough.

“It seems like there are some times she’s allowed the governor to be in control and make decisions,” he told me.

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