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Plain Talk: Replacing the only elected Democrat in western North Dakota

Sen. Erin Oban, the only Democrat elected in western North Dakota, is stepping down

Photo: Sean Cleary
Sean Cleary, a Bismarck-area Republican who is campaigning for the state Senate seat in District 35 in the 2022 election cycle. (Provided photo)

Sen. Erin Oban is the only member of the Democratic-NPL to be elected in western North Dakota.

To the extent that you can consider her Bismarck-area district to be "western North Dakota," anyway.

Oban announced recently that she will not be running for another term in that office. Hot on the heels of that announcement, Republican Sean Cleary made one of his own, saying he'd like to take over the Senate seat in District 35.

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Cleary talks about that decision on this episode of Plain Talk. We cover North Dakota's workforce needs, our economy's needs, how to defeat some of the negative perceptions of our state held by people in other parts of the world, and the looming issue of abortion which may be very much an issue for state Legislature should the U.S. Supreme Court strike down the Roe v. Wade decision.

Also, fun fact: Oban was Cleary's middle school math teacher. For the record, Cleary says math wasn't his favorite subject, but he hopes Oban doesn't hold his behavior as a 12-year-old against him.

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Rob Port, founder of SayAnythingBlog.com, is a Forum Communications commentator. Reach him on Twitter at @robport or via email at rport@forumcomm.com .

Opinion by Rob Port
Rob Port is a columnist and podcast host for the Forum News Service. Reach him at rport@forumcomm.com.
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