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Former Miss America Cara Mund announces independent bid for U.S. House

The Bismarck native graduated from Harvard Law School in May. She called her law school graduation a "launching pad for what I hope to accomplish next."

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Cara Mund announced Saturday, Aug. 6, she plans to run for U.S. House of Representatives as an independent.
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BISMARCK — Former Miss America titleholder Cara Mund announced Saturday, Aug. 6, she intends to run for North Dakota's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

"On the 57th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, I am proud to announce that I am seeking to be North Dakota’s first female in the U.S. House of Representatives," Mund said in a Facebook post on Saturday.

Incumbent Republican Rep. Kelly Armstrong and Democratic challenger Mark Haugen are also seeking the seat.

Mund, 28, would need to turn in 1,000 petitions signed by North Dakota residents to Secretary of State Al Jaeger by Sept. 6 to make the November ballot as an independent candidate.

The seat has been held by Republicans since 2011, and Armstrong won reelection by a landslide margin in 2020.

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Mund was crowned Miss North Dakota in 2017 and became the state's first Miss America titleholder later that year.

The Bismarck native graduated from Harvard Law School in May. She called her law school graduation a "launching pad for what I hope to accomplish next."

Mund could not be reached for comment Saturday. She did not detail her political platform in her Facebook announcement.

Prior to her crowning as Miss America, Mund served as an intern for Republican U.S. Sen. John Hoeven.

Jeremy Turley is a Bismarck-based reporter for Forum News Service, which provides news coverage to publications owned by Forum Communications Company.
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