Baesler loses bid for Republican support for Superintendent of Public Instruction

(Fargo, ND) — Longtime Superintendent of Public Instruction, Kirsten Baesler, has lost her bid for the Republican Party’s support. 

“We have great support and momentum behind our campaign with Republican primary voters across the state. Today’s outcome doesn’t change that. Our convention process is flawed — it disenfranchises the tens of thousands of Republican voters who can’t afford to take a Friday off from work or school so they can spend a couple thousand dollars to vote in these contests,” said Baesler. “We’ll charge forward and take our record of results to the June primary and I’m confident all North Dakota voters will advance our campaign to the general election. As State Superintendent I’m proud of the work we’ve done to protect taxpayers while supporting our teachers and students.”

Baesler was challenged by the former director of the North Dakota Home School Association, Jim Bartlett.

Bartlett received 967 votes, while Baesler received 426 votes.