Meet the Candidate: Tracey L. Wilkie (North Dakota)

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Candidate Name:

Tracey L. Wilkie

What office are you running for?

District 16 House of Representatives

With which party are you running for office?


Election Date

November 3, 2020

What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?

With COVID-19 we have many losing their homes, apartments, and struggling to recover from not working. We have nurses on the frontline of the pandemic with no contract, providing a living wage, and schools opening up. Our education system along with children and teachers are at risk, and our teachers and their support people must be compensated appropriately. Our LBGTQ community must be free of discrimination when it come to housing, and people of color are disproportionately over represented in our social service and criminal justice system. I have a lifetime of experience dealing with diversity and have always challenged the system and worked to make the world a better place for the next 7 generations – it’s my duty as a Anishenabe woman.

How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?

I’m thankful for my experience being born in Fargo and raised on the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Reservation, and the education in all areas of life. I lived and worked in Portland, Oregon, for a model site in criminal justice reform for 20 years. I learned how to interact with people from all walks of life and with many different views. I also know that we are all related and must do better at being good relatives to one another.

Who is your hero?

I have many matriarchal sheros but Mezhehamkikok is my 6th great grandmother who married Scottish settler Alexander Wilkie, thus where I get my last name. I admire her strength and perseverance during those turbulent times our nation was being formed. I’m grateful for all of my lineage.

What are your hobbies?

I love civil engagement and to camp, dance, listen to all kinds of music, camp, and be in nature.

What is the most recent book you read?

The Green New Deal by Jeremy Rifkin

Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?

Four children: James (35), Simon (31), Dally (24), and Zacchaeus River Jorden (20). I also have 2 grandsons 13 years apart, Jaylen and Donovan, a granddog of 8 years, Whiley Wincolz Wilkie, who is a “second chance” animal. (Don’t tell him I called him an animal.) I have one plant who I have not named yet that I do talk and sing to.

How can our readers get involved in your campaign?

You can go to my social media or send me a email and I’ll let you know when we are phone banking and looking for volunteers to help with events. If you don’t have time but can share resources I appreciate it! North Dakota needs my voice.

Candidate Social Media:

Facebook | Twitter

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