BISMARCK—Bismarck resident Retha Mattern announced her candidacy for the North Dakota State House of Representatives on Thursday, Jan. 6.
According to her press release, Mattern explained, “I feel there is a missing voice in the House, one that represents the needs of residents in District 7 who understand the challenges of balancing raising a family in today’s society while securing their own economic future. I intend to focus on solutions that allow people the ability to succeed with limited government involvement in their livelihoods.”
Mattern has worked for Bismarck State College (BSC) for the past eight years. She currently serves BSC as the Director of Admissions and Outreach. She is also the current Vice Chairman for the District 7 Republicans, and was elected by her peers to serve three yearly terms as staff advisor to the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education.
“I’m really looking forward to get out more and connecting with voters to see what they’re looking for out of the next legislative session.” Retha Mattern, Rep. candidate for House seat in Dis. 7 , Bismarck
“I’m really looking forward to get out more and connecting with voters to see what they’re looking for out of the next legislative session,” said Mattern. “We lead a life that is very similar to what most of my neighbors and many of the other residents of District 7 experience and can relate to on that day-to-day level,” she added.
Mattern’s candidacy could set up a potential run against two long-serving Republican incumbents. Both Rep. Rick Becker and Rep. Jason Dockter have represented District 7 in the House as Republicans since 2013. Rep. Dockter has already announced his intention to seek re-election this year, while Rep. Becker has not yet declared his plans.
“I feel that I’m running for District 7, and what I could bring to the district,” stated Mattern. “I’m not trying to run against anyone.” She explained further, “I’ve been thinking about getting involved in the legislature for a really long time. For me the timing worked out well this year.”
Mattern lives in Bismarck with her husband Mark and two children.
For more information, see rethamattern.com.