Governor Doug Burgum and Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford have announced their bid for re-election in 2020.
In an announcement video posted on YouTube Thursday morning, Burgum highlighted the accomplishments of the Burgum-Sanford administration since taking office. The video also outlines some of their future plans.
Governor Burgum and Lt. Governor Sanford also made the announcement during a news conference at the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce building Thursday.
The state’s leaders said they are working to get more people into the workforce, as well as continuing to lead and improve in education and focus on community building. Burgum said though he knows there’s more work to be done, he said the challenges are worth it.
“You choose to serve. We made a choice that we’re signing up for another four years. And it’s not some four years, coast to the finish line. It’s four more years with us pushing and trying to drive forward to take advantage of the opportunity we have. Because, we have the people, the resources and the ideas to actually just move ahead of a bunch of other states in terms of how we think about what we can get done here,” Gov. Burgum said.
No Democrats have yet announced a run for governor’s seat.
One of those challenges Burgum’s administration will have to deal with is the lack of future business with a city he’s familiar with.
Beginning January 1 of 2020, the City of San Francisco will not allow city employees to travel to or make new deals with 22 states it considers to have severe anti-choice laws. Among those states: Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, South and North Dakota. The governor worked in San Francisco for a time and says the first he heard of this news was from us.
“I wouldn’t spend a minute in this job, as governor, trying to figure to tell San Francisco what they should do. We’re elected to make sure that we’re doing our job for North Dakota and that’s what we’re going to focus on,” Burgum said.”
To check out the video, click here.
North Dakota Senator John Hoeven released the following statement in regards to Governor Burgum’s announcement.
“Over the last four years in office Doug Burgum has shown that he is the right person at the right time for our state,” said Hoeven. “Mikey and I are excited that Doug has decided to seek another term in office. We wish Doug and Katherine as well as Brent and Sandy Sanford the best as they campaign across the state over the next year.”