MEDORA, N.D. — The North Dakota Republican Party endorsed incumbent Kirsten Baesler in the race for superintendent of public instruction Sunday, July 19.

Both Baesler and challenger Underwood School District Superintendent/Activities Director Brandt J. Dick gave speeches to the party's state committee in Medora.

“It is encouraging to see the high level of enthusiasm and participation from all of our great Republicans this year," Chairman Rick Berg said via news release. "We are looking forward to helping elect Kirsten and all of our Republican candidates this November.”

Baesler was arrested and pleaded guilty to driving under the influence Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Burleigh County. Baesler avoided jail time for the charges and sought treatment for her self-described "personal struggles regarding alcohol."

Still, Baesler — who was first elected in 2012 — garnered 54% of the vote in the primary election June 9. Dick pulled in 25% of the vote.

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The two will square off in the general election slated for Tuesday, Nov. 3.