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Letter: Jason Astrup for tax commissioner

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Letter: Jason Astrup for tax commissioner
Fargo ND 101 5th Street North 58102

By Ross Hettervig

Fargo

I’ve listened to both candidates for North Dakota tax commissioner, and while both have their strengths, the one who has impressed me the most is Jason Astrup. He’s serious, sincere, passionate and exceptionally knowledgeable.

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What really impresses me about Astrup is his background and perspective. He’s a tax and business lawyer, a small businessperson, a young professional and a husband. He’s not a bureaucrat or someone who has come up through the party ranks. He’s not politically connected or related to the right people.

It is clear from listening to Astrup that he sees tax issues from the perspective of real, everyday North Dakotans. He is an expert in tax and business law who has helped countless North Dakotans resolve tax issues and achieve their goals of starting or expanding a business. We need that kind of perspective in the tax commissioner’s office.

Special-interest groups always have an investment in who sits in the tax commissioner’s office. Why else would the past two tax commissioners leave in the middle of their terms to go lobby on their behalf? We can expect these same interest groups will spend a lot of money to maintain the status quo in the tax department.

But don’t let their money blind you. Take the time to listen to both candidates. Once you do, I’m confident you’ll agree with me that Astrup has the right stuff to serve as our next tax commissioner.

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