Simons brothers run for Republican nominations
Luke and Ben Simons grew up discussing politics. Now the brothers are taking a shot at it.
"Our whole family ... we talk politics. You could kind of see it coming from when they were little," said Rev. Bob Simons, Luke and Ben's father from New Hradec.
Luke, 33, and Ben, 30, both announced they would run for seats in the 36th legislative district. Luke of New Hradec was asked by the District 36 Republican Party to run as the Republican House of Representatives candidate. Rep. Shirley Meyer, D-Dickinson, holds the position.
South Heart resident Ben is seeking the Republican nomination for state Senate. Sen. George Nodland announced Dec. 29 he would not run for a second term.
To run for state office, the Simons must be nominated by the District 36 Republican Party on Feb. 26 at the Gate City Bank in Dickinson.
As a barber for six years, Luke has met many people. This could give him the edge over Meyer, he said.
"I have had a lot of support over the years," he said. "(Meyer) is a great lady. I just don't agree with her on any of her politics."
Meyer did not immediately return phone calls from The Dickinson Press on Thursday.
Luke also worked in the oil field for two years before starting a contracting business in 2010. He and his wife, Aliesha, run a cattle ranch and have five children.
Luke is a constitutional Republican who wants to make sure everybody, including the government, is held accountable for their actions.
"I'm going to be an anchor down there for the Constitution," he said. "We need to elect grassroots people, like myself, that won't let them get by with it."
Ben works with his father at Simons Homes Siding and Windows in Dickinson. He runs a small cattle ranch with his wife, Tracie, and his seven children.
The brothers have a passion for politics but have never gotten involved, Ben said. As a senator, Ben vowed he would protect individual rights and freedoms.
"It just seems like so many of the laws we have continually take our freedoms away," he said. "It kind of came down to I could complain about it for the rest of my life or I could actually try to be involved with it and do something about it."
Alan Fehr of Dickinson is also seeking the Republican nomination for the Senate.
Fehr said he doesn't know where the brothers stand in politics, but he said he knew them through their construction business.
"I have nothing bad to say about them. They are nice people," he said.
Luke and Ben hope they both get a chance to make decisions for the government, adding that it is a service to North Dakota.
"We'll tag-team each other, and we will just stop things dead if it's not in the Constitution," Luke said. "I couldn't think of anybody better to run with."