Bismarck, North Dakota – A potato farmer and former senator from North Dakota has declared his intention to compete for the state's lone congressional seat, having previously considered a bid for governor.
The second Republican running for House is Tom Campbell of Grafton. From 2012 till 2018, he was a senator for North Dakota.
After dropping out of the contest for U.S. Senate in the state, Campbell sought election to the at-large seat in 2018, but he withdrew from the race just before the GOP primary, which was very crowded.
Campbell said Friday on Facebook that North Dakota requires a capable congressman who can collaborate with the president. "We must advocate for the oil industry, farmers, businesses, and the people."
The position is available in the House of Representatives because attorney and Republican Kelly Armstrong is seeking the governorship. Gov. Doug Burgum, a Republican, has decided not to run for reelection.
According to Campbell's interview, he had a meeting with Armstrong to talk over election strategy. Campbell said that if they were to run for governor together, it would "get very expensive, very ugly," and he suggested that they collaborate on their own campaigns.
Opposing him is cosmetic surgeon and former state representative Rick Becker, who is also a Republican. Additionally, a veteran and Democrat named Trygve Hammer is in the race.
Every single elected post and congressional seat in North Dakota is held by Republicans, and the party also controls both houses of parliament.
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