Crysta Parkinson

ND House

District 1 - Williston

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My Story

Writer and Mother

I moved to Williston with my husband Justin in 2004 to work as Managing Editor of the Williston Herald and to raise our family (we have six children), because we believe in Williston as a great place to grow up. Since 2009 I have worked as an independent freelance writer and done the important work of raising my children. My husband works for a locally-based gas company, and five of our six children have moved on to college and beyond.

Beyond the professional, my leadership experience has included terms as State President and Vice President of the ND Jaycees, Vice Chair of the ND Human Rights Coalition, and Executive Director of Mentors and Friends for Youth. I am also a proud graduate of Leadership Williston.


K-12 Education

Education is a top priority. Nothing could be more important for our community and our state's economy.  I will fight for the administrators, teachers, and professionals who connect with our students every day and encourage each child to reach their full potential.

Property Taxes

Under the current leadership, ND went from record budget surpluses to tax increases in just a few years. Williston taxpayers should not be left holding the bag, and legislators should not be able to pass the buck to local leaders for increases in property taxes.

Behavioral Healthcare

Funding for behavioral health care is something legislators have long promised to North Dakotans, but so far failed to deliver. We must do better. Williston families need access to care on a local level, without having to travel to Minot or farther to get support.

School Infrastructure

I am dedicated to working with community organizations and the state legislature to find a funding formula that helps us to provide the facilities our children need.

Fiscal Responsibility

Spending in the ND legislature has nearly tripled since 2007, when Rep. Patrick Hatlestad first entered the House. The state has gone from record surplus to a budget shortfall. This does not represent North Dakota values, and it does not represent Williston values. We need to send representation to Bismarck that will make better choices with our money.

Opioid Crisis

The opioid addiction crisis is causing pain for thousands of North Dakota families. According to the White House, the estimated economic cost of the opioid crisis in 2015 was 2.8 percent of that year's GDP. For every dollar spent on treatment, up to three are saved in crime reduction.

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Crysta Parkinson for District 1 House

1019 4th Ave W, Williston, ND 58801

(701) 334-4888