Ahead of the election, KX News is following the races for you.
One Bismarck district brings two new senate candidates to the table, neither have ever run for an elected office. We sat down with them both to tell you what’s at stake in District 47.
Republican candidate Mike Dwyer and Democratic candidate Brandi Jude ran unopposed in the primaries.
Both candidates call the territory in North Bismarck one of the fastest growing districts. It’s an up-and-coming, urban area with five schools.
Jude and Dwyer agree that education is a top priority in District 47.
Jude adds, “When we look at our public education, how are we appropriately supporting them so that they continue to nurture healthy education and rapport with the students and faculty?”
Dwyer explains, “Three of my children and two of my daughters-in-law are teachers. My wife is a school counselor and so I have a deep background in education and that’s a high priority.”
The Republican candidate owns a couple of businesses in Bismarck and Fargo, and says he wants to focus on the economy and job availability if elected.
The businessman elaborates, “I have about a little over 30 employees, and so I understand business, jobs and economic growth. It comes from small business, so I have that experience of wages and salaries, and work environment and health insurance.”
Jude is making business development a focus of her campaign.
She shares, “We have that opportunity to be welcoming to local business owners who are interested in setting their roots down here and setting up shop.”
She wants to strengthen support for young professionals who plan on keeping their business in state.
When it comes to taxes, though, the candidates have a different plan.
Dwyer says, “I believe in limited government and keeping our taxes under control, so that people can keep their money in their own pockets.”
Jude explains, “When I think about how various taxes impact our constituents, I want to sit down and be able to look at proposals and actually discuss budget.”
The Democratic candidate is also a veteran, and says this helps her see issues from all angles.
Women currently hold 9 out of 47 senates seats in North Dakota.
The candidates also discussed safety in schools and neighborhoods as a concern, in a district with more than 3,000 children.