Democrat announces bid for North Dakota US Senate seat

February 14, 2022 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An engineering professor at the University of Jamestown announced her bid for U.S. Senate Monday in her first run for elected office.

The Bismarck Tribune reports Katrina Christiansen is seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat held by Sen. John Hoeven, saying she wants to “strengthen our democracy.”

“I will be a strong, independent voice for all North Dakotans as your next senator,” Christiansen said in a video announcement Monday.

Hoeven, a former governor, won his 2016 reelection bid with 78% of the vote. Bismarck state Rep. Rick Becker is challenging Hoeven for the Republican endorsement.

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The Democratic state convention is March 24-27 in Minot. Delegates will endorse candidates for state and congressional offices.

Christiansen is the first Democrat to announce a bid for statewide elected office.

North Dakota’s three-member congressional delegation comprised all Democrats from 1987 to 2011. Former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp was the last Democrat from the state to serve in Congress, from 2013 to 2019. She garnered 44% of the vote in her unsuccessful reelection bid in 2018.