BISMARCK, ND – Pam Gulleson officially announced today that she will be seeking the ND Democrat-NPL Party’s endorsement to run for the state’s US House seat in 2012, confirming the many rumors that have been circulating around the state.
In her announcement, Gulleson states:
As a country we have too much at stake to allow gridlock, ego, and mean-spirited partisanship threaten the stability and security of this nation. We need to start putting country first. Attacking problems not people. Seeking solutions not stalemates.
Gulleson is the only Democrat to have entered the race at this point, and having served as the State Director for former ND Senator Byron Dorgan (D), it is anticipated that she will secure the party’s nomination.
Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk (R) announced in May that he will be running for the NDGOP’s endorsement for their US House candidate. Kalk does not yet face any official competition for the spot, but several Fargo legislators have acknowledged they are considering a run, including Bette Grande, Al Carlson and West Fargo’s Kim Koppelman. ND State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt may also enter the race this fall.
In May, North Dakota’s current Congressman Rick Berg (R) announced that he will be making a bid for the US Senate seat being vacated by Senator Kent Conrad (D), who has served in the Senate since 1986. Berg beat out Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D) in the 2010 race, ousting the long-time incumbent.
Republican Duane Sand has also announced his intention to run for the NDGOP Senate nomination.