Phyllis Richter, Valley City
I worked for the North Dakota Public Service Commission for 27 years and recently retired. Being an employee of the PSC was an enjoyable experience. As might be expected, I met and worked with several public service commissioners. I would like to share a few thoughts on one of them, Brian Kalk.
Like most, I vote, but have never been politically active. When I met Brian, I realized that he was not a typical politician, in fact, not a politician at all. The first thing he did was to sit down with me and visit about my job on the PSC. That was not usual. He goes to the sites that are under consideration to meet with those who will be affected by the proposed action and get their concerns and ideas. Brian doesn't sit behind a desk all day; he talks with workers and others so that he has a clear picture. He wants to see how his decisions will impact those on the ground. Thus, he is well prepared and knowledgeable about every aspect of the work being discussed.
Given his Bottineau upbringing, his career as a Marine, his time as a professor at North Dakota State University, and his time on the PSC, Brian makes things happen. He is an extremely hard worker who is dedicated to serving his country and state. Given the challenges we face as a nation, I can't think of a better or more prepared patriot to go to the U.S. House and get us back on the right track.