Update: When I first published this article, the content was hidden behind a silly survey that served no purpose. That was a dumb idea. I have removed the dumb idea, and published the commentary below. And watch for the column ‘On the Record’ next week, when our Governor candidates talk about their first priorities if elected.
With the Democratic-NPL party in a rebuilding phase, it looks like the election for North Dakota’s Governor will take place this June. And if you want to help choose our top executive, you’ll have to vote the Republican side of the ticket at the primary election.
Long story short, Democrat crossover voters will inevitably help choose the Republican nominee, and whoever that is will win the election in November — because the Democrat’s candidate will be a non-factor. It’s a reality that likely leaves Republican faithfuls a little riled because the convention and primary system won’t work as it has in the past. But at least the state will get an election. And that’s good thing.
North Dakota is in the process of transition. The wild growth of the past few years is over and tough decisions will need to be made. We will have to adjust to whatever becomes the new normal. Leading the state through that period will be difficult, so it’s important our next Governor take office with a clear mandate of the people. Mandates are delivered through elections, and if we have to have ours in June, so be it.
So, because the election clock moved up, we’ll be doing what we can on The Minot Voice over the next 4 months to make sure you’ve had a chance to get to know the candidates. Each Thursday we’ll publish a question and send it to the candidates, the following Thursday we’ll publish their answers and ask a new question.
On The Record
Check out the tabs below to get a feel for the concept and get the introductory information on each candidate.