In District 3, there will be three candidates listed on the ballot for state senate.
Along with an endorsed Republican and Democrat, a third person – a 20 year incumbent Republican who lost in the primary collected signatures to join the race.
“It is a very interesting race,” said Oley Larsen, District 3 Senate Candidate (R).
Republican Oley Larsen has been serving as the District 3 senator for past 2 terms and is running again. He says that he follows his party’s principles and will continue that practice if re-elected.
“One of the things I’d like to do is get a plastics refinery here in our area. The other thing I’d like to do is tap into the school lands trust for low interest loans for the high schools and school districts,” said Larsen.
His Democratic competitor is Joey Nesdahl. This is his first year running and he’s doing it because he believes there’s a need for moderate voices. He says that education and property tax relief are at the top of his agenda.
“Number 1 would be advocacy for making sure we get appropriate funding for schools and maybe there’s some different ways to go about doing that,” said Joey Nesdahl, District 3 Senate Candidate (D).
Andrew Maragos is the third candidate – a longtime Republican house member who is running as an independent. Once he lost in the primary, he filed a petition to be on the ballot as a senator because he says his supporters encouraged it. He says if he’s elected his agenda will stay line with what he’s done in the past.
“Minot State College, the North Dakota State Fair, flood protection, hub city funding – that’s fair and proportionate. Those are the core things that need to be addressed,” said Andrew Maragos, District 3 Senate Candidate (I).
Ultimately, it will be up to the voters to choose whether they want the returning senator, the new comer, or a name their familiar with.
In the District 3 house two Democrats and two Republicans are running.
We’ll meet those candidates tomorrow.