NORTH DAKOTA (KXNET) — Bismarck native, Miss North Dakota 2017, Miss America 2018, and Harvard Law Graduate Cara Mund has announced she is getting signatures in place to run for U.S. House, as an Independent.

KX News is Your Local Elections Headquarters, and in her first broadcast interview since the announcement, Josh Meny sat down with Mund to discuss the substance behind her campaign.

You announced on the 57th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act 1965. Tell us, what’s the significance of announcing on that anniversary?

“Yeah, I knew that from the beginning to the end of this election cycle, if I was going to run, I want it to be meaningful. And that’s from the day that I announced till the day that I’m done. And I know that I think I’m the first woman to run for this role. I’ve been asking numerous people, and they haven’t heard of another woman who’s ran for it, a woman’s never occupied this seat. And so it’s that importance of really being a representative voice, but then also doing it in a way that is impactful and meaningful, especially coming as an independent,” explained Mund.

Is there any particular stance about the Republican Party or the Democratic Party, that you just don’t feel like is in touch with Americans?

“Part of the decision to run was based off the Dobbs decision. I knew now more than ever, women need to be represented. I think we all have a right to privacy. And so that that’s one thing that’s really impactful that both sides are very split on. But I think America is pretty central on the issue.”

When you say central of Dobbs, you think most Americans, how so?

“I think we all want our right to privacy. And I just graduated from Harvard Law School. We talk a lot about the importance of your right to privacy and also precedent. And you know, you should have the right to choose. But not just that, you should not have the government coming in your bedroom. They should not be in your doctor’s appointments, they should not be telling you how to raise your children. I just think it was time that if we’re going to overturn precedent that’s 50-plus years old. We need to have more women in office and we need to have the female voice heard.”

Why did you decide to challenge Representative Armstrong?

“It’s not Representative Armstrong, just in general. I respect Representative Armstrong. But I looked at his voting record and I don’t think it aligns with North Dakotans voting against veterans voting against the infant formula, voting against capping insulin, voting against the infrastructure bill. I mean, these are all things that are crucial to North Dakotans. And I don’t think our voice is being heard.”

A big issue lately in the headlines is [Chinese company] FuFeng Group purchasing farmland 12 miles from Grand Forks Air Force Base. So far, only Senator Cramer has really made a stand and said he’s opposed to the project. Where do you stand? Are you in favor? Are you opposed?

“I’m opposed. And I think we should be concerned. 12 miles away from the Grand Forks Air Force Base, where we have drone technology. We have some of the top technology in the United States, that should be something that we’re fearful of. This is the first location in the United States. And so it’s interesting they choose in North Dakota, they choose close to a military base, they’re receiving federal funds. It’s something that we should be concerned about, and our representatives should have their voices heard even more.”

Is there anything else you’d like to say to the people of North Dakota?

“I’m so proud to be a North Dakotan. And, one thing that has just it’s been a quote that I’ve heard from when I was Miss America, I spoke out about the organization. And I think I would hold very similar values as a member of Congress. Is that, fight for your seat at the table, because if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu, and I hope voters know that when they go to the polls on November 8.”

Cara Mund is related to Victoria Woodhull who was a leader in the women’s sufferage movement and the first woman to run for U-S President.

If elected, Mund would become North Dakota’s first female representative in the U.S. House of Representatives.