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Three candidates can agree on one thing: District 31 needs better representation

The three candidates running for District 31 state senator agree on at least one thing, they all say the district needs better representation. Rodney Froelich, a rancher from Selfridge is running on the Democratic ticket and has been the District...

The three candidates running for District 31 state senator agree on at least one thing, they all say the district needs better representation.

Rodney Froelich, a rancher from Selfridge is running on the Democratic ticket and has been the District 31 state representative for 12 years. Froelich is running for state senate because he feels he has the experience necessary to make positive changes for residents.

"Some of my goals include getting additional funding for Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative to help with the costs from last year's ice storm, enhance the Bank of North Dakota's beginning farmer loan program, and get oil money for the counties adjacent to the oil boom counties who are equally affected by the oil boom," Froelich said.

Froelich added the district and state need to be careful in how they spend and distribute money, and he does not support Measure No. 2, which would ban hunting in fenced areas.

"Being a Republican, I would be part of the majority and when you're part of the majority you have a better chance of having your concerns addressed than if you were trying to fight the majority," said Donald Schaible, one of Froelich's opponents.

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Living in rural America makes his concerns the same ones as his neighbors, Schaible said.

"Education, agriculture, economic development, jobs and infrastructure are the main concerns I think our district deals with," Schaible said.

Schaible said he would make a good candidate because of his community involvement.

"I want to take my experience to the next level and help my community in a bigger way," Schaible said.

George Hsu, an independent, is running because he says it is time to get new people in state government.

"It's supposed to be the citizens' government to the highest extent that's possible. The people in office are supposed to be everyday Americans, not professional politicians," Hsu said.

Hsu says the main issues facing the district are near and dear to his heart because he is a resident and experiences the same problems his neighbors do.

Road conditions in western North Dakota, the high price of rent, redistricting the state, health care, energy development and infrastructure are some of the main issues facing North Dakota in Hsu's opinion.

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"I am all for progress, but we need to look out for the residents of North Dakota who have lived here their whole lives. We need to make sure that any changes made are fair and right for North Dakota, and that they make North Dakota a better place to live, not the opposite," Hsu said.

District 31 includes Grant and Sioux counties and parts off Hettinger and Morton counties.

The election is Tuesday.

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