Another Obama Cabinet member will visit North Dakota

Arne Duncan

FARGO – Another member of the Obama administration will be visiting North Dakota next week.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan plans to attend a roundtable discussion Tuesday in New Salem, N.D., with Democratic Rep. Earl Pomeroy and education officials from around the state.

This will be Duncan’s first trip to North Dakota, Pomeroy spokeswoman Hillary Price said.

“He’s been to rural schools, but he hasn’t necessarily seen the kinds of rural schools that North Dakota has to offer,” Price told The Forum. “It’s a unique opportunity for him to learn more about the challenges facing rural schools and the innovations that North Dakota public schools have come up with.”

Duncan’s visit marks the first time an education secretary has visited the state since the Clinton administration, Price said. In 1997, then-Education Secretary Richard Riley toured schools in Bismarck, according to Forum archives.

Pomeroy’s office is making preparations to webcast the roundtable live, so education officials around the state can hear from Duncan, Price said.

With his visit, Duncan will become the second member of the Obama administration to visit North Dakota since early September.

Last month, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack attended a research presentation in Grand Forks and spoke at the annual Big Iron Farm Show in West Fargo. While in the state, Vilsack also took time to campaign for Pomeroy, who’s seeking re-election in November against Republican challenger Rick Berg.

Duncan, however, does not have any campaign events planned with Pomeroy, said Brenden Timpe, the congressman’s campaign spokesman.

(Coincidentally, though, Duncan’s visit also falls on the same day RNC Chairman Michael Steele will be stumping for the GOP in Bismarck and Fargo.)

One thought on “Another Obama Cabinet member will visit North Dakota

  1. Secretary Duncan’s visit at the last moment before the November election emphasizes the Obama Administration’s lack of concern for the average citizen. They actually believe that people will be impressed with a bit of attention 3 weeks before the election after having been ignored for the last two years.

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