North Dakota Democrats fail to tap candidates for two statewide offices

March 28, 2022

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Democrats at their convention on Saturday finished endorsements for several statewide candidates but the party failed to recruit contenders for secretary of state and tax commissioner.

Democrats at the convention in Minot endorsed University of Jamestown engineering professor Katrina Christiansen for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican John Hoeven, who is seeing a third term. Democrats on Saturday also voted to back Mark Haugen of Bismarck for the U.S. House of Representatives. Haugen is a University of Mary graduate adviser and has long worked as a paramedic.

He will face GOP U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, who is seeking a second term.

Convention delegates also backed former Marine and Velva native Trygve Hammer for the seat on the public service commission held by Republican Sheri Haugen-Hoffart, who was appointed to replace Brian Kroshus when Kroshus was appointed to be state tax commissioner. Haugen-Hoffart is running for the remainder of Kroshus’ four-year term.