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Kubik announces District 37 campaign

Back in 2000, Dick Cheney famously chose himself as George W. Bush’s running mate after chairing a vice presidential candidate search committee for Bush.

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Though not on the same scale politically, Dickinson’s Mandy Kubik, chair of District 37 for the North Dakota Democratic NPL party, has decided that she would be the best fit to run for the District 37 seat in the state House of Representatives.

“It’s a decision that I made a couple of days ago,” Kubik said Thursday. “I had planned to run since moving to Dickinson last fall, but I wasn’t thinking it would be this soon. With the urgency of the moment here in western North Dakota, and after talking to some people, I thought it made sense.”

In a story that ran in The Press on March 22, Kubik said western North Dakota would feature a number of “top-notch” Democratic candidates for races in the western part of the state. Kubik announced Wednesday her plans to run to friends and family in a Facebook post and said she will file the official paperwork with the Secretary of State’s Office next week.

“Mandy is a tremendously qualified and accomplished candidate,” Democratic NPL Executive Director Chad Oban wrote in an email Thursday. “She is exactly the type of person Dickinson deserves representing them. She will stand up to Fargo’s Al Carlson to make sure Dickinson is getting its fair share of support. We could not be more pleased she decided to run.”

Kubik, 32, said her campaign platform will center on issues that have crept up as a byproduct of the Bakken oil play in the western part of the state, beginning with public safety.

“I’m going for fight for Dickinson and the best interests of the people here,” Kubik said. “I’m not going to bend toward the interests on the other side of the state. My top priority is public safety for the people of western North Dakota.”

Kubik — who grew up in Fargo, but has always had family in the Dickinson area — will compete with incumbent Republican Vicky Steiner and GOP newcomer Mike Lefor for two District 37 seats this fall.

Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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