State Democratic lawmaker announces bid for US House

February 26, 2018

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker from North Dakota is seeking his party’s nomination to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Fifty-four-year-old John Grabinger served as assistant Senate minority leader during the last legislative session. He says he’s running for Congress because he wants more bipartisan leadership at the federal level.

Republicans have dominated the political scene in North Dakota. Grabinger, who owns a boat dealership in Jamestown, says he considers himself a moderate Democrat who would work for bilateral solutions for North Dakota and the nation.

Grabinger is the party’s second declared House candidate. He joins Ben Hanson, a commercial real estate broker from Fargo and one-term state representative who lost his seat in 2016.

Two Republican state senators, Kelly Armstrong and Tom Campbell, have announced their bids for the U.S. House.

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