Nearly 100 District 24 Republican faithful gathered Saturday evening at Chautauqua Park for what the local party promises to be the first annual District 24 Republican Pig Roast.
People of all ages, from babies in arms to senior citizens gathered for the combination social and fundraising event with a chance to listen to candidates and bring home political yard signs for their favorite candidates.
Major speakers during the evening included District 24 Republican State House candidates Dwight Keifert and Myrene Peterson and District 24 State Senate candidate Keith Hovland.
Kirsten Baesler, Republican candidate for North Dakota superintendent of public instruction, also spoke.
Other events during the evening in the Dacotah Pavilion included a silent auction of about 40 donated items and the auction off of pies baked by local party members.
One of those creating a pie to be auctioned off was Valley City’s Jon Wagar, who said he hoped it would sell for more than $100.
Wagar, Keifert and Hovland were all involved in roasting the pig, which organizers said included a three-day marination process.
Hovland started his speech in a light-hearted way, telling how he lost his first attempt running for office for a Minnesota school board by one vote, with his wife voting against him. On a more serious note, Hovland said he would be a more effective senator than Sen. Larry Robinson because Hovland is a member of the majority Republican party.
Kiefert expressed confidence he, Hovland and Peterson would all win.
“We’ll take all three seats. With your support, we’ll get there.”
Peterson said she recently became a resident of District 24 because of redistricting. “It is important to vote because if we don’t take control, we’ll be down a path that is not the best.”
Baesler said she is a graduate of Valley City State University and felt her appearance Saturday was a homecoming of sorts. “You (District 24 Republicans) have a great crew of local candidates.”
Baesler said she deserves election because of her experience of serving on the Mandan School Board as its president for seven years and working as a Bismarck assistant principal and media specialist before that.