FARGO - A Bismarck native and former public school teacher, counselor and small business owner is seeking the Republican nomination to represent a south Fargo district in the North Dakota House.

Michelle L. Strinden announced Monday, Jan. 22, that she'll campaign for the Republican nomination in District 41, which primarily includes south Fargo neighborhoods between Interstate 29 and 25th Street South.

Strinden is the vice chairwoman of the District 41 Republican Party and also volunteers with local nonprofits, according to a news release. She and her husband have four kids, and they've lived in District 41 for 22 years.

Strinden graduated from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks with a degree in secondary education and minor in German. She also earned a master's degree in counseling from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

In her announcement, the self-described "fiscal conservative" said she'd campaign to emphasize education and family values as well as "economic growth through reducing burdensome taxes and regulations."

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District 41 is currently represented in the North Dakota House by Republican Al Carlson, who also serves as the House Majority Leader, and Democrat Pamela Anderson.