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Wrigley: North Dakota’s important choice

BISMARCK -- On June 14, voters will set the course for North Dakota's next great chapter. Our next governor will take the wheel of an economy that has widely diversified, produced more than 100,000 new net jobs, pushed wages up significantly and ...

BISMARCK -- On June 14, voters will set the course for North Dakota’s next great chapter. Our next governor will take the wheel of an economy that has widely diversified, produced more than 100,000 new net jobs, pushed wages up significantly and which welcomes new pioneers making their way here from other states. Forget the outmigration days, we top America’s growth chart!

True, farm and energy commodity prices have made one of their periodic turns, so our economy has taken note and paused a bit. Appropriately, we have taken necessary steps to ensure that spending is pruned. Our state budget balances and always will, exactly as our Constitution requires. As importantly, our state is economically well positioned so all of our citizens can share in the opportunity ahead.

Keep in mind that governors must lead with sound civic and practical experience. These are not times for fear. Millions in negative advertisements will not create a single job. Rather, this is a time for leaders who fully grasp North Dakota’s starlit road: energy rich, economically diverse and agriculturally extraordinary, with unlimited opportunities for the next generation. This is the time for Wayne Stenehjem’s experience, optimism, humility and love for our state. 

It’s revealing that the last two governors of North Dakota have shared their unique perspectives on this important race. Sen. John Hoeven (governor 2000-2010) and Gov. Jack Dalrymple together led North Dakota through much of this extraordinary period of growth, and they have both joined the Republican Party in publicly endorsing Wayne Stenehjem for governor. It’s easy to see why.

Wayne Stenehjem shares our values in fighting for our Second Amendment guarantees. The National Rifleman’s Association sized-up the candidates for governor, and made their choice clear: the NRA endorses Wayne Stenehjem!

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Wayne recognizes the dangers and burdens of federal regulatory overreach. He has devoted his career to ensuring that North Dakota controls our economic and regulatory destiny, to the greatest extent possible. He fights against President Obama’s liberal initiatives, with major victories in stopping the ruinous regulations that would seriously harm our farmers, ranchers, energy producers and businesses. That’s difficult work and I’ve marveled at Wayne’s determination. He’ll need that experience to defeat the opponents of agriculture and energy producers.

The work of our next governor will be challenging and will require civic experience, public vision and optimism. Wayne Stenehjem is the right choice for governor on June 14. Be sure to vote!

Related Topics: DREW WRIGLEYWAYNE STENEHJEM
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