Heitkamp announces intention to run again

During her brother’s Fargo-based KFGO morning radio show News and Views, Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced that she intends to run for re-election in 2018. News and Views host Joel Heitkamp asked twice, and she confirmed both times that she will look to keep her seat.

Heidi Heitkamp talks with farmers and ranchers two weeks ago in Bowman. Heitkamp recently recieved approval from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to increase staffing at FSA offices in six counties, in hopes of cutting down wait time for those needing assistance during this drought-stricken season. (Herald File Photo)

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor

The senator had recently attended a dinner at the White House where she and a group of other legislators conversed about tax reform with President Trump. She said during the morning interview that the meeting solidified her decision to run again, saying she wants to continue the work she started.

She was first elected in the the U.S. Senate in 2012 when she defeated Republican candidate Rick Berg. Both were vying for the seat previously held by Democrat Kent Conrad. Conrad decided to retire in January 2011.

Heitkamp had previously served as North Dakota’s Attorney General from 1992-2000 and before that had held the position of state tax commissioner from 1986-1992.

State Sen. Tom Campbell, a republican from Grafton, is the only other person to announces his candidacy for the seat.

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