Mark Shipley wants to know ‘what’s on your mind?’

Louise Oleson Journal Managing Editor
Mark Shipley

For life-long resident Mark Shipley it wasn’t tough to decide he was going to run for Ramsey County Commissioner because through the years he has attended many of their meetings.

He is a 1977 graduate of Devils Lake High School who attended college at both Valley City and NDSU. His life experience includes 11 years with the North Dakota Army National Guard.

Since 1992 he’s been back in the Lake Region and he says he loves it here, wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

“I have a personal desire to serve,” Shipley said.

“I’m interested in what people think and how they feel about the issues and I’m always asking for feedback. If I had a slogan for my campaign it would be “What’s on your mind?” because I want to know what’s important to people out in the county.”

He stresses the importance of two-way communication and listening to others before making up his mind and voting on the issues.

Shipley is self-employed so he won’t have trouble attending meetings and the other committments of the commissioners’ portfolios.

He says he has a strong will to do the right thing and when you’re making decisions that affect a lot of other people, you need to take their wishes into consideration.

He knows that the lake and the water troubles around the city will continue to be an issue, but he said there’s a lot more to the county than just Devils Lake and flooding, too.

The county roads are being torn up by heavy truck traffic and that needs to be addressed, he says.

Social services and the needs of the less fortunate in the county will continue to be an issue, he believes. “People need to know you care,” he said, “It’s important to let them know that they do matter.”

“You’ve got to put people first.”

Shipley is involved with many different outdoor activities in his precious spare time.

He has a daughter, Jessica, who is 23 years old.

He is involved with the Snowmobile Club both on a local and state level, serves as the director of Snowmobile ND Region 2, is a 30-year member of the Elks and serves on the Poplar Grove Township.

He loves to hunt, mostly geese, ducks and upland game and whenever he can helps out friends with his expertise with power tools.

He hopes that voters will come to the “Meet the Candidates” forum scheduled for Thursday evening in the LRSC Auditorium at 7 p.m. “Come and bring your questions - that should help you decide who you want to vote for,” Shipley said.