As a bridge builder, she will raise politics to a higher standard.
FARGO—Kirsten Diederich, a Fargo native and graduate from North Dakota State University, announced today that she is seeking the District 46 Democratic-NPL Party’s endorsement for the State House of Representatives.
In 2010, Dr. Diederich was appointed to the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education by then-Governor John Hoeven, serving on the board for five years, with the last year and a half as chair. Diederich taught biology for 16 years at Concordia College, prior to her appointment to the Board.
“As a bridge builder, I want to raise politics to a higher standard than what most people have witnessed. Too often, our representatives have allowed special interest groups and their own personal agendas to be center stage, refusing to be the voice of and for the individual constituents. Throughout the campaign, I will talk with the voters in District 46, learn about their concerns and when elected, be their voice in Bismarck.”
“I look back on my time serving on the Board of Higher Education with great fondness,” Diederich said. “My pride in the strength of our state was fortified by the talent and passion of the people I met—private citizens, legislators, faculty, staff and administrators.”
Diederich is not new to public service but this is the first time she has run for public office. Her biographical sketch includes service to community through the YWCA Board of Trustees, Bison Bidders Bowl fundraiser for NDSU, trustee for the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center, Rotary International, co-chair of the F-M Symphony Ball and Humane Society.
Diederich earned an MS in entomology and a PhD in zoology, both from NDSU. Her husband, Donn, also grew up in Fargo and graduated from NDSU. Together they are parents of two children, Erik (24) and Anna (22). The Diederich’s have owned a home, and lived in District 46, since 1996, prior to that living at their riverside home in South Fargo.