Shelley Lenz 1Shelley Lenz

Current Position: Veterinarian, businesswoman, humanitarian
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 Governor

Over the past few weeks, we have all been learning about the importance of family, community, and having a government that works for all of us.  We are running because we believe that it’s time for a new kind of leadership. Leadership that does not focus on the past or partisan ideology, but leadership that focuses on building bridges across the state, across the aisle, and across generations to make government work for all North Dakotans.

We believe by connecting with voters on the shared values of home grown prosperity – leading to investments in infrastructure, education, and health care; independence, community collaboration and the unique spirit of North Dakotans we can build a future where all of our communities thrive for generations to come.

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Summary

Current Position: Veterinarian, businesswoman, humanitarian
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 Governor

Over the past few weeks, we have all been learning about the importance of family, community, and having a government that works for all of us.  We are running because we believe that it’s time for a new kind of leadership. Leadership that does not focus on the past or partisan ideology, but leadership that focuses on building bridges across the state, across the aisle, and across generations to make government work for all North Dakotans.

We believe by connecting with voters on the shared values of home grown prosperity – leading to investments in infrastructure, education, and health care; independence, community collaboration and the unique spirit of North Dakotans we can build a future where all of our communities thrive for generations to come.

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About

Shelley Lenz

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Dr. Shelley is a veterinarian, businesswoman, humanitarian, and great-granddaughter to the original Nonpartisan Leaguers of 1915. She lives in Western North Dakota on land that her great-grandparents homesteaded. Dr. Shelley has a double degree in chemistry and biology, a Ph.D. in neuropharmacology, and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. A past member and president of the Killdeer School Board, Dr. Shelley runs local and international economic development programs that focus on financial independence of the individual and the business; agricultural independence with an emphasis on soil health; and improving people’s lives through community efforts.

Dr. Shelley’s formula for success is: commitment to community, commitment to improving people’s lives, and focusing on financial independence. This formula translates to cities, small towns, indigenous tribes, and rural communities. You can find evidence of her success in her international nonprofit organization, Sustainable Vets International, which focuses on creating local sustainable economies that bring resilience to communities in most underserved and politically unstable regions of the world.

Dr. Shelley’s life has been shaped by consistently choosing to put service to others above enriching herself. Her dedication to community and her commitment to North Dakotans, along with her family’s deep NPL roots, inspired her to run for Governor of North Dakota.

Dr. Shelley’s deep scope of experience has prepared her to serve all North Dakotans. To put the needs of people first. To prioritize innovative solutions that work for everyone and connect everyone. To lead with the heart of service not politics. And to bring people together to find ways to move our state forward to be resilient, to support our small businesses, our farms, our industries, our workers, our families, and our communities, and to work to develop homegrown prosperity for all.

Dr. Shelley will be a strong advocate to protect our quality of life, our safe communities, and our history while also leveraging science, technology, and innovation to ensure a healthy future for our communities and our land for decades to come.

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Our priorities for North Dakota

As your Governor and Lieutenant Governor, we will commit to working every day to create thriving communities through our Homegrown Prosperity Initiative. Investing in education, health care, infrastructure, and research leads to innovation by the people themselves, which brings economic diversification and will secure North Dakota’s future. Focusing on North Dakotans’ unique spirit of independence, pragmatic sensibilities, community collaboration, and deep sense of place, we can build a solid future where all of our people, our communities, and our land thrives for generations to come.

Governance

Efficient Government Working For All of Us

Our State Government must work for all North Dakotans, creating modern infrastructure and protecting our vital agricultural industry

Democracy

Homegrown Prosperity

North Dakotans have a history of collaborating to decide how we want our state government to function – in 1914, the political movement of the Nonpartisan League (the NPL) formed to defend against outside interests and to help regular North Dakotans reclaim our democracy. We still have that drive and through collaborative decision-making and a clear vision for our state, we can achieve true Homegrown Prosperity as a vehicle for wider access to health care, better schools, and efficient infrastructure.

Economy

Economic Diversification and Innovation

Support for Small Businesses and Startups: We support initiatives for the development of entrepreneurial small business in rural and urban areas across North Dakota. Creating North Dakota’s brand of homegrown prosperity with partnerships that lead to economic connections in coal and oil counties merging with our urban centers and back to our pastures. With local small business, each dollar multiplies within the community: $1 spent = $1.60 in the community because of the multiplier effect: you spend your dollar in the local business, we create jobs, we buy our local produce from farmers/ranchers, and when we are profitable we share/invest those profits back into our communities.

Investments in Research: Both basic and applied research must be prioritized for North Dakota to build its prosperity and prevent the brain-drain that happens when North Dakota does not value higher education and research.  The importance of basic research and higher education for generational prosperity within a society can never be underestimated nor underfunded.

Development of Public-Private Partnerships: Championing public-private partnerships to provide innovative solutions to economic challenges. For example, the creation of a regional mid-size animal processing facility in North Dakota. This will provide food security, new revenue streams for North Dakota livestock producers, bring new business, enable branding of North Dakota meat, provide access to farm-to-table homegrown food, and increase higher education research opportunities and vocational trades. Development of public-private partnerships to promote the creation of energy generation and transmission to our homes and beyond. Connecting all energy generation of fossil fuels, wind, geo-therm, solar while decarbonizing our atmosphere, improving our environment and synergizing with higher education research opportunities and vocational trades.

Protection of our Agriculture Industry

Our priorities to support North Dakota’s Agriculture Industry are to protect the state from corporate farming and to provide food security – right now farmers are going broke. We will:

  • Protect our family farms by upholding North Dakota’s current anti-Corporate farming law

  • Ensure that consumers have transparency in our food, with Country of Origin Labeling for meat products, and Truth in Labeling for all food.

  • Encourage the protection of crop diversity through research and development at our land grant university, combatting stem rust, promoting soil health, and utilizing a statewide Extension service.

  • Establishing additional state support for crop and pasture enhancement, promoting soil health, and conservation

“As a fifth generation family farmer, agriculture is a big part of my family’s life. I will work diligently to keep North Dakota’s farms in the hands of locals – and to fight against corporate farming.” – Ben Vig

Education

Ensure High Quality Education

Funding for public education is a primary responsibility of the state government. We need to design our educational systems to fit the lives and goals of North Dakota families. State government needs to work with families across the state to make sure they have access to the tools, resources, and support that they need to allow students to succeed. Specifically, we support:

  • Fair compensation for educators and educational support professionals’ that is competitive at the regional and national levels

  • Safe schools: ensuring that educational institutions are safe places for educators, education support professionals, and students – including teaching and learning environments that are free from bullying and harassment

  • Non-traditional education: including vocational and technical programs, as well as support for ESL classes, educational opportunities, and job training for adult immigrants at all levels of education

  • Adequate funding for all of North Dakota’s public educational institutions

  • Pre-K Education: allowing local school districts to offer approved Pre-K public school programs, with state assistance and coordination, along with universal early childhood education and the expansion of Head Start

  • Funding for higher education: we support equitable treatment of all State Higher Education Institutions in the funding formula, providing additional funding for institutions of higher education

Health Care

Access to Affordable, High Quality Health Care

We know that the affordability and access to high quality health care is a challenge faced by too many North Dakotans. We will prioritize:

The Affordable Care Act: Protecting access to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and benefits like medicaid expansion and pre-existing conditions, and work to stop the Attorney General’s lawsuit trying to dismantle North Dakotans’ access to the Federal ACA benefits.

Comprehensive Coverage: Working with the Legislature to prioritize access to holistic preventative health care including nutrition, mental health, dentistry, vision, physical rehabilitation, senior and geriatric care, especially for rural communities.

North Dakota Health Insurance Co-Op: Developing of a North Dakota Health Insurance Co-op as an option for all North Dakotans to be able to access  health insurance and decrease health costs. We will work with the Insurance Commissioner’s Office to champion opening access to local and out-of-state licensed professional professionals increasing access to telemedicine health availability in the privacy of your own home.

Infrastructure

Spearheading Innovations in Energy and Fuel Infrastructure

The North Dakota Energy Co-Op: Our vision is the North Dakota Energy Co-op which will not simply rely on extraction taxes for North Dakota Revenue but create new revenue sources and sustain North Dakota’s transition to the future. We will transform the ND energy system to stabilize jobs, increase revenue from ND resources and protect our land, air, and water. This investment will decrease our reliance on taxes from any one sector to neutralize the effect of unstable industrial economic cycles within our communities.

Connecting Energy Infrastructures: Connect the economies and infrastructure of North Dakota’s Oil/Gas/Coal, Wind, Solar, and Geo-therm with our environment, vocational trades, higher education, agriculture, and our communities. We will better protect North Dakota from outside forces affecting our towns and our way of life. Transforming all of North Dakota’s energy systems will benefit all of our state’s economies and our land. We will decarbonize electricity production, continue to provide base load electricity, and electrify our economy while giving our communities a bridge to the future.

Our Goals for the North Dakota Energy Co-Op Public-Private Partnership:

  • Create and maintain high-paying, stable jobs within our local communities

  • Prioritize ND’s energy industries and agriculture industry

  • Contribute to mid-century global climate goals for atmospheric CO2

  • Provide infrastructure to improved oil extraction and captured natural gas

Provide 21st Century Infrastructure

Roads and Bridge Funding: Support a significant increase in funding for transportation infrastructure, ensuring that the four corners of North Dakota are connected with safe highways to transport our goods and our people.

Water Infrastructure: Ensure access to clean, safe drinking water for all North Dakotans.

Restore the Postal Service: Support our Congressional delegation doing all it can to restore reliable and viable postal service, including Saturday delivery.

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Doug BurgumDoug Burgum

Current Position: Governor since 2016
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Tech Entrepeneur from 1983 – 2007

Featured Quote: 
Preliminary figures show our 2019-21 state budget exceeded expectations with a $1B positive balance, nearly $320M more than projected. These robust revenues speak to the strength of ND’s economy and our conservative approach to forecasting and budgeting.

Featured Video: 
The Future Belongs to the Courageously Curious | Doug Burgum | TEDxFargo

Source: Wikipedia

Burgum will not require COVID-19 vaccine for state employees
KVRR, Jim MonkAugust 25, 2021 (Short)

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KFGO) – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum says he no plans to order state employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

“We’re going to keep focusing on education, not mandates.  The mandates seem to have a bad reaction in our state.  They probably work somewhere, here they probably have the reverse effect” Burgum said.

The latest CDC figures show a vaccination rate in the state of slightly over 41%.  Nearly 314,000 people are fully vaccinated.

Burgum says he’s hoping that FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine will encourage more people to get their shots.

Burgum says the pandemic has turned into a political debate and says he’d expect resistance if he were to impose a vaccine requirement for state workers.

 

Summary

Current Position: Governor since 2016
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Tech Entrepeneur from 1983 – 2007

Featured Quote: 
Preliminary figures show our 2019-21 state budget exceeded expectations with a $1B positive balance, nearly $320M more than projected. These robust revenues speak to the strength of ND’s economy and our conservative approach to forecasting and budgeting.

Featured Video: 
The Future Belongs to the Courageously Curious | Doug Burgum | TEDxFargo

Source: Wikipedia

News

Burgum will not require COVID-19 vaccine for state employees
KVRR, Jim MonkAugust 25, 2021 (Short)

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KFGO) – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum says he no plans to order state employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

“We’re going to keep focusing on education, not mandates.  The mandates seem to have a bad reaction in our state.  They probably work somewhere, here they probably have the reverse effect” Burgum said.

The latest CDC figures show a vaccination rate in the state of slightly over 41%.  Nearly 314,000 people are fully vaccinated.

Burgum says he’s hoping that FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine will encourage more people to get their shots.

Burgum says the pandemic has turned into a political debate and says he’d expect resistance if he were to impose a vaccine requirement for state workers.

 

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Doug Burgum 1

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Doug Burgum took office as the 33rd governor of North Dakota on December 15, 2016.  Doug brings a business leader’s approach to diversifying the economy, creating 21st century jobs, and revitalizing our main streets.

Burgum’s small-town upbringing and agricultural roots laid the foundation for his shared values of respect for the past, gratitude for the present and inspiration for the future.

Driven by a strong belief in North Dakota’s people and a powerful dream, he returned to his home state and helped lead Great Plains Software from a small startup company in 1983 into an award-winning tech firm that employed thousands of team members from more than 220 cities across North Dakota.

Burgum led Great Plains as CEO through its initial public offering in 1997 and acquisition by Microsoft Corp. in 2001. He remained at Microsoft as senior vice president through 2007, helping the company stake a leading position in the global business applications software industry.

In 2006, Burgum reaffirmed his passion for North Dakota by founding Kilbourne Group, a real estate development firm committed to creating smart, healthy cities through vibrant downtowns. The company’s substantial impact on revitalizing downtown Fargo inspired his Main Street Initiative.

In 2008, Burgum co-founded Arthur Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in ambitious, mission-driven software companies. The success of those people and businesses guided by Burgum’s leadership and inspiration has created billions of dollars of shareholder wealth and thousands of jobs.

In 2009, then-Gov. John Hoeven awarded Burgum the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, North Dakota’s highest citizen honor. The award recognized Burgum for his business leadership and numerous philanthropic efforts, including the Doug Burgum Family Fund, which focuses its charitable giving on youth and education.

Born August 1, 1956, Burgum grew up in Arthur, N.D. He has maintained his commitment and connection to his roots through family farm partnerships, by serving as a member for Arthur Companies, Inc., a diversified agribusiness company founded by his grandparents in 1906, and through a ranching partnership in the Badlands of western North Dakota.

Burgum graduated with a bachelor’s degree in university studies from North Dakota State University in 1978. He earned a master’s of business administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1980.

He was elected governor on Nov. 8, 2016, in his first run for political office.

Burgum is married to Kathryn Helgaas Burgum and has two sons, Joe and Tom, and a daughter, Jesse.

Office

Office of Governor, State of North Dakota
600 East Boulevard Avenue Bismarck, ND 58505-0100
Phone: 701.328.2200 Fax: 701.328.2205

Experience

Work Experience

  • CEO
    Great Plains Software
  • Senior Vice President
    Microsoft Business Solutions Group
    2001 to 2007
  • Founder
    Arthur Ventures

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1956
Place of Birth: Arthur, ND
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Spouse: Kathryn Helgaas
Children: Jesse Burgum, Joe Burgum, Tom Burgum

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Bismarck ND, 58505-0001
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Douglas James Burgum (born August 1, 1956) is an American entrepreneur and politician serving as the 33rd and current Governor of North Dakota since 2016. He is a member of the Republican Party.[1]

Burgum joined Great Plains Software in 1983 and became its president in 1984. He sold the company to Microsoft for $1.1 billion in 2001. At Microsoft, he became the head of Microsoft Business Solutions. He began serving as chairman of the board for Atlassian in 2012. He also served on the board for SuccessFactors starting in 2007 and as chairman from 2010 to 2012. Burgum is the founder of Kilbourne Group, a Fargo-based real-estate development firm, as well as a co-founder of Arthur Ventures.

In 2016 Burgum announced his intention to run for the governorship of North Dakota as a Republican. With no formal political experience and despite losing the state party’s endorsement to longtime Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem at the party convention in April, Burgum defeated Stenehjem in the primary election to claim the Republican nomination. He faced Democrat Marvin Nelson and Libertarian Marty Riske in the November general election; he won with over 75% of the vote. He was reelected in 2020 with 66% of the vote.[2]

Early life and education

Burgum was born on August 1, 1956 in Arthur, North Dakota, where his grandfather had founded a grain elevator in 1906.[3] He is the son of Katherine (Kilbourne) and Joseph Boyd Burgum.[4][5] He attended North Dakota State University (NDSU) to earn his undergraduate degree in 1978. During his senior year at NDSU, he applied to the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He also started a chimney-sweeping business. “The newspaper wrote a story about me as a chimney sweep”, he later recalled; it “ran a photo of me sitting on top of an icy chimney in below-freezing weather in Fargo. The story made the AP wire service. I was later told it caused quite a stir in the Stanford admissions office: ‘Hey, there’s a chimney sweep from North Dakota who’s applied.’”[6]

He was accepted to study business at Stanford. While there, he befriended Steve Ballmer, who would later be CEO of Microsoft. During his last year at Stanford, Burgum “spent the whole final quarter on a project team with Ballmer.”[6] He received his MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1980. He later received honorary doctorates from North Dakota State[7] in 2000 and from the University of Mary in 2006.[8]

Executive career

Early career

Following his graduation from Stanford GSB, Burgum moved to Chicago to become a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Soon afterward he mortgaged $250,000 of farmland to provide the seed capital for accounting software company Great Plains Software in Fargo, North Dakota.[3] He joined the company in 1983 and became its president in 1984 after leading a small investment group composed of family members in buying out the rest of the company.

Great Plains Software

During the 1980s, Fortune magazine often ranked Great Plains among the top 100 companies to work for in the United States. Burgum grew the company to about 250 employees by 1989 and led the company to about $300 million in annual sales and a 1997 IPO, after using the Internet to help it expand beyond North Dakota.[9] In 2001 he sold Great Plains Software to Microsoft for $1.1 billion.[10] Burgum has said he built the company in Fargo because of its proximity to North Dakota State University, in order to employ its stream of engineering students.[11]

Microsoft

After the sale, Burgum was named Senior Vice President of Microsoft Business Solutions Group,[8][12] the offshoot created from merging Great Plains into the corporation.[7] He stayed with Microsoft until 2007 and was responsible for making enterprise apps a priority for Microsoft during this tenure.[13] Satya Nadella, current CEO of Microsoft, has credited Burgum with “inspiring him to find the soul of Microsoft”.[14]

Board work

Burgum has served on the advisory board for Stanford Graduate School of Business[8] and was on the board of SuccessFactors during the 2000s, becoming its chairman from 2007 till the 2011 sale of the company to SAP. In 2012 he became the first chairman of the board for Atlassian, after it expanded from its initial board of three members (none of whom served as the official chair).[15] During 2011 and 2014, he twice spent several months as the interim CEO of Intelligent InSites,[8] a company for which he has served as the executive chairman of the board since 2008.[16] That year he also became a member of Avalara’s board of directors.[17]

Investment firms

Burgum is the founder of the Kilbourne Group, a real-estate development firm focused on Downtown Fargo.[18][19] In 2013 he created plans to build the tallest building in Fargo—a 23-story mixed-use building—to be named either Block 9 or Dakota Place.[20] The company has also advocated for a convention center to be built in Downtown Fargo.[21] It has acquired and renovated many Fargo properties, including the former St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and the former Woodrow Wilson alternative high school.[22] Burgum co-founded Arthur Ventures, a venture capital company.[16] Several of the companies he has invested in are in Fargo.[10][23]

Philanthropy

Burgum supports philanthropic causes like the Plains Art Museum.[24] In 2001[25] he donated a refurbished school building he had acquired in 2000 to North Dakota State University. It was named Renaissance Hall and became home to the university’s visual arts department, major components of the architecture and landscape architecture department and the Tri-College University office.[26] In 2008 Burgum started the Doug Burgum Family Fund, which focuses its charitable giving on youth, education and health.[8]

Governor of North Dakota

2016

In 2016, Burgum announced his intent to run for governor of North Dakota as a Republican. With no formal political experience, Burgum lost the state Republican party’s gubernatorial endorsement contest to longtime Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem at the party convention in April. Nevertheless, he defeated Stenehjem handily in the primary election two months later to claim the nomination. Burgum faced Democrat Marvin Nelson and Libertarian Marty Riske in the November general election and won with over 75% of the vote.[2]

2020

Burgum ran for reelection in 2020. He was reelected with over 65% of the vote against veterinarian Shelley Lenz.[27][28]

Tenure

Burgum was sworn in as the 33rd governor of North Dakota on December 15, 2016, alongside running mate Brent Sanford, the 38th lieutenant governor of North Dakota.[29][30]

Political positions

Burgum supports the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.[31]

In July 2020, Burgum called the 2020 Republican platform “divisive and divisional” on LGBT issues.[32][33]

Personal life

Burgum married his first wife, Karen Stoker, in 1991. They have three children and divorced in 2003.[citation needed] In 2016, Burgum married Kathryn Helgaas.[34]

Electoral history

2016 North Dakota gubernatorial election[35]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Doug Burgum and Brent Sanford 259,863 76.52
Democratic-NPLMarvin Nelson and Joan Heckaman65,85519.39
LibertarianMarty Riske and Joshua Voytek13,2303.90
Write-in6530.19
Total votes339,601 100.00
2020 North Dakota gubernatorial election[36]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Doug Burgum and Brent Sanford (incumbent) 235,479 65.84%
Democratic-NPLShelley Lenz and Ben Vig90,78925.38%
LibertarianDuWayne Hendrickson and Joshua Voytek13,8533.87%
Write-in17,5384.90%
Total votes357,659 100.00%

References

  1. ^ “Doug Burgum elected Governor; speech upcoming on WDAY”. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Forum staff reports. “Live stream: Doug Burgum announcement at 11 a.m.” INFORUM.
  3. ^ a b Gretchen Heim Olson. “Spring 2006: Doug Burgum’s Prairie Fire 20 Years and Blazing”. North Dakota Horizons. Archived from the original on February 15, 2016.
  4. ^ “Burgum, Katherine Kilbourne, 1915- – Social Networks and Archival Context”. snaccooperative.org. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  5. ^ “Katherine “K” Kilbourne Burgum (1915-2005) – Find…” www.findagrave.com. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  6. ^ a b Karlgaard, Rich (June 13, 2017). “America’s Best Entrepreneurial Governor”. Forbes. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  7. ^ a b “Magazine – Burgum – North Dakota State University”. Archived from the original on February 23, 2016.
  8. ^ a b c d e “Douglas J. Burgum”. Businessweek.com.
  9. ^ Rich Karlgaard (September 16, 2002). “Microsoft Is Plain Crazy”. Forbes.
  10. ^ a b LibNelson (December 11, 2014). “North Dakota’s quest not to blow its oil wealth”. Vox.
  11. ^ Kotkin, Joel (February 4, 2010). The Next Hundred Million. ISBN 9781101195703.
  12. ^ Stacy Cowley (March 10, 2005). “Interview: Doug Burgum on Microsoft’s business apps plan”. InfoWorld.
  13. ^ Joshua Greenbaum. “See Ya Later Doug: Burgum Leaves Microsoft Much the Wiser”. ZDNet.
  14. ^ “Fireside Chat with Satya Nadella and Jessi Hempel”. Salesforce.com.
  15. ^ “Atlassian Expands Its Board, Appoints Former SuccessFactors Chair Doug Burgum As Chairman”. TechCrunch. AOL. July 19, 2012.
  16. ^ a b Robin Huebner Forum News Service (October 25, 2014). “Ebola: Fargo company’s real-time tracking tech ‘game-changing. TwinCities.com.
  17. ^ Deborah Gage. “Avalara Becomes A Bitcoin Supporter”. WSJ.
  18. ^ John Hageman / Forum News Service. “Businesses cite workforce struggles in push for discrimination ban”. INFORUM.
  19. ^ Bevill, Kris (December 7, 2012). “LEADERSHIP: Proving Success on the Plains”. Prairie Business. Archived from the original on March 8, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  20. ^ Sam Black (September 9, 2013). “Software entrepreneur Doug Burgum wants to build North Dakota’s tallest office tower, Dakota Place – Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal”. Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal.
  21. ^ Tu-Uyen Tran. “River of dreams: Fargo city leaders OK downtown riverside master plan”. INFORUM.
  22. ^ “Kilbourne Group buys another downtown Fargo building”. Archived from the original on March 8, 2016. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  23. ^ “Arthur Ventures looks to provide capital lift to local innovation”. Silicon Prairie News.
  24. ^ John Lamb. “Weekend Watch: Gala brings a taste of Brazil to the Plains”. INFORUM.
  25. ^ “Northern School Supply”. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  26. ^ “Fargo 2.0: It’s not like the movie”. The Seattle Times. June 24, 2014.
  27. ^ [1] North Dakota gubernatorial election results
  28. ^ Nicholson, Blake. “Burgum campaign measures popularity against that of Heitkamp”. Bismarck Tribune. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  29. ^ Smith, Nick (December 15, 2016). “Burgum to Emphasize Government Reinvention”. The Bismarck Tribune. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  30. ^ Holgate, Julie (December 15, 2016). “Doug Burgum Takes Office as ND Governor Today”. Valley News Live. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  31. ^ Smith, Nick (December 23, 2016). “Burgum Posts Video Message About DAPL”. The Morton County & Mandan News. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  32. ^ MacPherson, James (Associated Press). “North Dakota Governor Blasts Party’s Anti-LGBTQ Resolution”, U.S. News & World Report, 23 July 2020.
  33. ^ Bollinger, Alex. “North Dakota GOP platform says LGBTQ people “recruit” children & “prey” on women”, LGBTQ Nation, 23 July 2020.
  34. ^ Ingersoll; Archie; As a recovering addict herself, ND’s first lady hopes to tackle addiction issues; Inforum; Februally 11, 2017; [2]
  35. ^ “Official Results General Election”. North Dakota Voting Information & Central Election Systems. North Dakota Secretary of State. November 8, 2016. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  36. ^ “Statewide Results”. North Dakota Secretary of State. November 12, 2020. Retrieved November 17, 2020.

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Recent Elections

2016 Governor

Doug Burgum and Brent Sanford (R)259,86376.52%
Marvin Nelson and Joan Heckaman (D)65,85519.39%
Marty Riske and Joshua Voytek (L)13,2303.9%
Other (Write-in)653.19%
TOTAL339,601

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Finances

BURGUM, DOUGLAS J has run in 1 race for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,853,081.

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Governance

Reinventing Government

“Anything being done simply because ‘that’s the way we have always done it’ should be and must be rigorously and respectfully questioned. And no matter what, we must have the courage to admit that we can always do better.”
– Governor Doug Burgum
Four Elements of Reinvention
Unification/Shared Services | Delivery of Service | Digital Transformation | Cultural Transformation
We have an opportunity to reinvent state government and embrace technology to hold down costs and build an economy and workforce for the 21st century.

These powerful technological forces are fueling an underlying change in our economy and will challenge all of our existing approaches, systems and institutions. Harnessing these forces can lead to lower costs and better outcomes in health care, education and infrastructure. And these areas are some of the biggest cost drivers of our state budget. To do that we need a culture in state government focused on the willingness to grow and change and leaders who will lead us through that change.

Fulfilled the administration’s goal to use technology to boost transparency. The state Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completed a major upgrade to the transparency section of its website, creating a more user-friendly experience for citizens searching for budget data, vendor contracts, fund balances and other financial information about state government.
Fulfilled another pledge by taking several steps to improve the state’s revenue forecasting system, making it more accurate and ensuring taxpayer resources are being used most efficiently.
Continued to drive a “work as one” culture in state government through human resources unification and streamlining HR policies; more robust leadership training and team member development opportunities; and greater cross-agency and cross-branch collaboration through regular XCL (Extended Cabinet Leadership) and JEL (Judicial, Executive, Legislative) meetings.
Supported the K-20W “Every Student, Every Class, Cyber Educated” initiative, a multi-faceted, comprehensive approach to computer science and cybersecurity education and workforce training. North Dakota will be the first state in the nation with integrated cybersecurity and computer science K-12 standards.
Launched Vision Zero as the state’s primary traffic safety initiative with the state Department of Transportation, Highway Patrol and Department of Health. The goal of the comprehensive effort is to continually work toward zero motor vehicle fatalities and serious injuries on North Dakota roads.

Economy

Main Street Initiative

“To create a 21st century economy, we need to build on three pillars of economic success: a skilled workforce; smart, efficient infrastructure; and healthy, vibrant communities. By reinventing education, we will create a skilled workforce that matches the high-paying jobs of today and tomorrow. Utilizing our current infrastructure to its fullest potential, we can reduce the cost of local government and create vibrant, healthy cities.”
– Governor Doug Burgum

Three Pillars Of Economic Success
A Skilled Workforce  |  Smart, Efficient Infrastructure  |  Healthy, Vibrant Communities
The Main Street Initiative will focus on utilizing existing infrastructure to its fullest potential to reduce costs and create vibrant, healthy cities. We will partner with city leaders from across the state to ensure they have the tools, programs and empowerment they need for smart, healthy growth.

The Main Street Initiative was built on a foundation of values: respect for the past, gratitude for the present, and inspiration for the future. By focusing our efforts on creating vibrant main streets with smart infrastructure, we will attract and retain a skilled workforce and realize our full potential as a state.

Progress Updates

Communities representing more than half a million North Dakotans are engaged in one or more of the Main Street Initiative’s three pillars, exploring what they can do to build healthy, vibrant communities with smart, efficient infrastructure to attract a 21st century workforce. Participation continues to grow, with more than 60 communities large and small engaged in the initiative.
Launched the national award-winning Main Street Community Dashboard as well as the Main Street Community Leaders Peer Network to share best practices and promote learning on MSI-related topics.
Received the Workforce Development Council’s recommendations for addressing our workforce shortage. Governor Burgum reestablished the Council and commissioned the report in 2017, and the report is the culmination of 11 months of intense work by Council members. The report lays out options to address North Dakota’s workforce development and shortage problems, including recommendations such as lowering barriers to unemployment and developing programs to help them earn gainful employment. The full report can be found here.
Expanded community development programs aimed at improving main streets, public facilities and services. More than $2.3 million in funds were made available for these programs with the aid of the North Dakota Department of Commerce. At least $500,000 will be used to support the Main Street Initiative by promoting livable communities, addressing unmet community development needs and promoting activities that enhance local economic development efforts. More information on the Governor’s Fund for community Development is available here.
Hosted, with the North Dakota Department of Commerce, the first-ever Main Street ND Summit at the Bismarck Event Center, welcoming more than 650 community members, students and state team members. Attendees learned about strategies and resources to address the three pillars of the Main Street Initiative. A second Main Street ND Summit is planned for October 2019.

Education

Transforming Education

“We can’t prepare our kids for the 21st century using a 19th-century model.”
– Governor Doug Burgum
Opportunities in Education
Innovation | Governance
With nearly all of the world’s information now available for free online, educators, parents, businesses, community organizations and legislators must all play a role in transforming the education system.

It’s not enough for students to do well on traditional measures. The challenge is how to equip them with the skills and mindsets they need to be creative problem solvers, effective communicators and informed, responsible citizens who are strong collaborators.

Received final reports from the governor’s Innovative Education Task Force and the Task Force for Higher Education Governance, outlining recommendations to ensure North Dakota’s education system is positioned to excel in the 21st century.
Hosted a statewide Hour of Code event, encouraging the development of computer science among North Dakota’s students. While the Hour of Code event has occurred annually since 2013, North Dakota’s participation in 2018 marked the first time that a state hosted a simultaneous Hour of Code between K-12 and higher-ed students across the state. More than 6,000 students participated at nearly 100 schools in North Dakota. The event was sponsored by the State of North Dakota, local education leaders and schools, and Microsoft.
Announced a 100-gigabit upgrade to the state network, placing North Dakota schools and government on the leading edge of internet connectivity and speed. This upgrade will be finished in 2019 and ensures that North Dakota will be the first state to achieve 1-gigabit connectivity in every school district. This increased connectivity will open avenues to innovation for every North Dakota school, enhancing educational methods and expanding opportunities for our students. The upgrade will represent anywhere from a two- to ten-times speed increase in capacity for K-12 schools.

Health Care

Behavorial Health & Addiction

“We need to start treating addiction like the chronic disease that it is. By moving resources upstream, we will save lives and save money.”
– Governor Doug Burgum

Continuum of Care
Prevention | Early Intervention | Treatment | Recovery
As drug addiction and overdoses take their toll on North Dakota families, the state must start treating addiction differently. Seventy-seven people died in North Dakota in 2016 from overdoses, and more than $260 million was spent in the past decade on new jails at the city, county and state levels.

Many of those in our system are there because of crimes rooted in addiction. Jail time without rehab is not a cure for addiction.

Created the Office of Recovery Reinvented through an executive order. This Office is tasked with promoting efforts to eliminate the shame and stigma surrounding addiction. Addiction destroys families and communities, affecting every area of life. North Dakota is taking responsibility and further methods to combat behavioral health issues across the state. The Office of Recovery Reinvented is a seven-member advisory committee, chaired by First Lady Kathryn Burgum, that is making a difference in the lives of many. More information is available at www.recoveryreinvented.com.
Launched the Youth Ending Stigma (YES) Challenge in partnership with the First Lady. The Challenge is designed to enable student-led initiatives and projects focused on eliminating social stigma surrounding behavioral health issues including addiction and mental health conditions. Student projects will be led from March through April of 2019. More information can be found here.
Hosted the first-ever Peer Support Day at the Capitol. The event saw behavioral health advocates, peer support specialists, individuals who have received peer support services, behavioral health and health care providers, state and local decision-makers and other interested individuals come together to discuss the approach and benefits of peer support and the role that it plays in recovery.
In partnership with the Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division, we are pursuing key strategies as part of our Behavioral Health Initiative: supporting the full continuum of care, embedding services close to home and people’s natural supports to keep families together, and stop criminalizing behavioral health and divert criminal justice involvement.

Tribal Partnerships

“I pledge my administration to a fresh start in our relations with all tribal nations who live with and among us. Our goal is to understand each tribe’s individual issues and circumstances so that we may move forward together.”
– Governor Doug Burgum
Focus Areas for Partnership
Engage | Listen | Learn
Through the course of meeting with tribal leadership from every Native American tribe headquartered in the state — the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation in New Town, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in Belcourt, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Fort Yates and Spirit Lake Nation in St. Michael — we continue to identify areas of opportunity for government-to-government collaboration. The issues range from water rights, taxes, emergency management and law enforcement to addiction, infrastructure, historic sites and tourism.

Collectively strengthening our tribal communities across North Dakota will happen when we genuinely engage, listen and learn about each tribe’s individual challenges and opportunities.

Opened a first-of-its-kind conference on strengthening government-to-government partnerships between the State of North Dakota and tribal nations. Hosted by the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, more than 300 people attended the historic two-day conference in January, including tribal leaders, elders and other members, dozens of leaders and staff from various state agencies, state legislators and federal partners.
Held a second strengthening government-to-government partnerships conference in December. Burgum joined Chairman Mark Fox of the MHA Nation in signing a memorandum of understanding under which the state will recognize motor vehicle license plates and registrations issued by the MHA Nation to its enrolled members residing within its jurisdictional boundaries.
Laid the groundwork for tax revenue-sharing legislation through the work of the interim Tribal Taxation Issues Committee, which Gov. Burgum chaired and on which Lt. Gov. Sanford also served.

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ND 2020 Governor RaceND 2020 Governor Race

GOP Gov. Doug Burgum is seeking reelection after winning with 77 percent of the vote in 2016.

We rate the race for governor in North Dakota as Solid Republican.

Politico  4/19/20

Summary

GOP Gov. Doug Burgum is seeking reelection after winning with 77 percent of the vote in 2016.

We rate the race for governor in North Dakota as Solid Republican.

Politico  4/19/20

Doug Burgum

Current Position: Governor since 2016
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 Governor

Driven by a strong belief in North Dakota’s people and a powerful dream, he returned to his home state and helped lead Great Plains Software from a small startup company in 1983 into an award-winning tech firm that employed thousands of team members from more than 220 cities across North Dakota.

Burgum led Great Plains as CEO through its initial public offering in 1997 and acquisition by Microsoft Corp. in 2001. He remained at Microsoft as senior vice president through 2007, helping the company stake a leading position in the global business applications software industry.

For more information, go to Doug Burgum’s post. 

Shelley Lenz

Current Position: Veterinarian, businesswoman, humanitarian
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 Governor

Over the past few weeks, we have all been learning about the importance of family, community, and having a government that works for all of us.  We are running because we believe that it’s time for a new kind of leadership. Leadership that does not focus on the past or partisan ideology, but leadership that focuses on building bridges across the state, across the aisle, and across generations to make government work for all North Dakotans.

We believe by connecting with voters on the shared values of home grown prosperity – leading to investments in infrastructure, education, and health care; independence, community collaboration and the unique spirit of North Dakotans we can build a future where all of our communities thrive for generations to come.

For more information, go to Shelley Lenz’s post. 

Issues

Governance

Doug Burgum 

Reinventing Government

“Anything being done simply because ‘that’s the way we have always done it’ should be and must be rigorously and respectfully questioned. And no matter what, we must have the courage to admit that we can always do better.”
– Governor Doug Burgum
Four Elements of Reinvention
Unification/Shared Services | Delivery of Service | Digital Transformation | Cultural Transformation
We have an opportunity to reinvent state government and embrace technology to hold down costs and build an economy and workforce for the 21st century.

These powerful technological forces are fueling an underlying change in our economy and will challenge all of our existing approaches, systems and institutions. Harnessing these forces can lead to lower costs and better outcomes in health care, education and infrastructure. And these areas are some of the biggest cost drivers of our state budget. To do that we need a culture in state government focused on the willingness to grow and change and leaders who will lead us through that change.

Fulfilled the administration’s goal to use technology to boost transparency. The state Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completed a major upgrade to the transparency section of its website, creating a more user-friendly experience for citizens searching for budget data, vendor contracts, fund balances and other financial information about state government.

Fulfilled another pledge by taking several steps to improve the state’s revenue forecasting system, making it more accurate and ensuring taxpayer resources are being used most efficiently.

Continued to drive a “work as one” culture in state government through human resources unification and streamlining HR policies; more robust leadership training and team member development opportunities; and greater cross-agency and cross-branch collaboration through regular XCL (Extended Cabinet Leadership) and JEL (Judicial, Executive, Legislative) meetings.

Supported the K-20W “Every Student, Every Class, Cyber Educated” initiative, a multi-faceted, comprehensive approach to computer science and cybersecurity education and workforce training. North Dakota will be the first state in the nation with integrated cybersecurity and computer science K-12 standards.

Launched Vision Zero as the state’s primary traffic safety initiative with the state Department of Transportation, Highway Patrol and Department of Health. The goal of the comprehensive effort is to continually work toward zero motor vehicle fatalities and serious injuries on North Dakota roads.

Shelley Lenz

Efficient Government Working For All of Us

Our State Government must work for all North Dakotans, creating modern infrastructure and protecting our vital agricultural industry.

 

Democracy

Doug Burgum 

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Shelley Lenz

Homegrown Prosperity

North Dakotans have a history of collaborating to decide how we want our state government to function – in 1914, the political movement of the Nonpartisan League (the NPL) formed to defend against outside interests and to help regular North Dakotans reclaim our democracy. We still have that drive and through collaborative decision-making and a clear vision for our state, we can achieve true Homegrown Prosperity as a vehicle for wider access to health care, better schools, and efficient infrastructure.

 

Economy

Doug Burgum 

Main Street Initiative

“To create a 21st century economy, we need to build on three pillars of economic success: a skilled workforce; smart, efficient infrastructure; and healthy, vibrant communities. By reinventing education, we will create a skilled workforce that matches the high-paying jobs of today and tomorrow. Utilizing our current infrastructure to its fullest potential, we can reduce the cost of local government and create vibrant, healthy cities.”
– Governor Doug Burgum

Three Pillars Of Economic Success
A Skilled Workforce  |  Smart, Efficient Infrastructure  |  Healthy, Vibrant Communities
The Main Street Initiative will focus on utilizing existing infrastructure to its fullest potential to reduce costs and create vibrant, healthy cities. We will partner with city leaders from across the state to ensure they have the tools, programs and empowerment they need for smart, healthy growth.

The Main Street Initiative was built on a foundation of values: respect for the past, gratitude for the present, and inspiration for the future. By focusing our efforts on creating vibrant main streets with smart infrastructure, we will attract and retain a skilled workforce and realize our full potential as a state.

Progress Updates

Communities representing more than half a million North Dakotans are engaged in one or more of the Main Street Initiative’s three pillars, exploring what they can do to build healthy, vibrant communities with smart, efficient infrastructure to attract a 21st century workforce. Participation continues to grow, with more than 60 communities large and small engaged in the initiative.
Launched the national award-winning Main Street Community Dashboard as well as the Main Street Community Leaders Peer Network to share best practices and promote learning on MSI-related topics.

Received the Workforce Development Council’s recommendations for addressing our workforce shortage. Governor Burgum reestablished the Council and commissioned the report in 2017, and the report is the culmination of 11 months of intense work by Council members. The report lays out options to address North Dakota’s workforce development and shortage problems, including recommendations such as lowering barriers to unemployment and developing programs to help them earn gainful employment. The full report can be found here.

Expanded community development programs aimed at improving main streets, public facilities and services. More than $2.3 million in funds were made available for these programs with the aid of the North Dakota Department of Commerce. At least $500,000 will be used to support the Main Street Initiative by promoting livable communities, addressing unmet community development needs and promoting activities that enhance local economic development efforts. More information on the Governor’s Fund for community Development is available here.

Hosted, with the North Dakota Department of Commerce, the first-ever Main Street ND Summit at the Bismarck Event Center, welcoming more than 650 community members, students and state team members. Attendees learned about strategies and resources to address the three pillars of the Main Street Initiative. A second Main Street ND Summit is planned for October 2019.

Shelley Lenz 

Economic Diversification and Innovation

Support for Small Businesses and Startups: We support initiatives for the development of entrepreneurial small business in rural and urban areas across North Dakota. Creating North Dakota’s brand of homegrown prosperity with partnerships that lead to economic connections in coal and oil counties merging with our urban centers and back to our pastures. With local small business, each dollar multiplies within the community: $1 spent = $1.60 in the community because of the multiplier effect: you spend your dollar in the local business, we create jobs, we buy our local produce from farmers/ranchers, and when we are profitable we share/invest those profits back into our communities.

Investments in Research: Both basic and applied research must be prioritized for North Dakota to build its prosperity and prevent the brain-drain that happens when North Dakota does not value higher education and research.  The importance of basic research and higher education for generational prosperity within a society can never be underestimated nor underfunded.

Development of Public-Private Partnerships: Championing public-private partnerships to provide innovative solutions to economic challenges. For example, the creation of a regional mid-size animal processing facility in North Dakota. This will provide food security, new revenue streams for North Dakota livestock producers, bring new business, enable branding of North Dakota meat, provide access to farm-to-table homegrown food, and increase higher education research opportunities and vocational trades. Development of public-private partnerships to promote the creation of energy generation and transmission to our homes and beyond. Connecting all energy generation of fossil fuels, wind, geo-therm, solar while decarbonizing our atmosphere, improving our environment and synergizing with higher education research opportunities and vocational trades.

See post for more info.

 

 

Education

Doug Burgum 

Transforming Education

“We can’t prepare our kids for the 21st century using a 19th-century model.”
– Governor Doug Burgum
Opportunities in Education
Innovation | Governance
With nearly all of the world’s information now available for free online, educators, parents, businesses, community organizations and legislators must all play a role in transforming the education system.

It’s not enough for students to do well on traditional measures. The challenge is how to equip them with the skills and mindsets they need to be creative problem solvers, effective communicators and informed, responsible citizens who are strong collaborators.

Received final reports from the governor’s Innovative Education Task Force and the Task Force for Higher Education Governance, outlining recommendations to ensure North Dakota’s education system is positioned to excel in the 21st century.

Hosted a statewide Hour of Code event, encouraging the development of computer science among North Dakota’s students. While the Hour of Code event has occurred annually since 2013, North Dakota’s participation in 2018 marked the first time that a state hosted a simultaneous Hour of Code between K-12 and higher-ed students across the state. More than 6,000 students participated at nearly 100 schools in North Dakota. The event was sponsored by the State of North Dakota, local education leaders and schools, and Microsoft.

Announced a 100-gigabit upgrade to the state network, placing North Dakota schools and government on the leading edge of internet connectivity and speed. This upgrade will be finished in 2019 and ensures that North Dakota will be the first state to achieve 1-gigabit connectivity in every school district. This increased connectivity will open avenues to innovation for every North Dakota school, enhancing educational methods and expanding opportunities for our students. The upgrade will represent anywhere from a two- to ten-times speed increase in capacity for K-12 schools.

Shelley Lenz 

Ensure High Quality Education

Funding for public education is a primary responsibility of the state government. We need to design our educational systems to fit the lives and goals of North Dakota families. State government needs to work with families across the state to make sure they have access to the tools, resources, and support that they need to allow students to succeed. Specifically, we support:

  • Fair compensation for educators and educational support professionals’ that is competitive at the regional and national levels

  • Safe schools: ensuring that educational institutions are safe places for educators, education support professionals, and students – including teaching and learning environments that are free from bullying and harassment

  • Non-traditional education: including vocational and technical programs, as well as support for ESL classes, educational opportunities, and job training for adult immigrants at all levels of education

  • Adequate funding for all of North Dakota’s public educational institutions

  • Pre-K Education: allowing local school districts to offer approved Pre-K public school programs, with state assistance and coordination, along with universal early childhood education and the expansion of Head Start

  • Funding for higher education: we support equitable treatment of all State Higher Education Institutions in the funding formula, providing additional funding for institutions of higher education

 

Healrh Care

Doug Burgum 

Behavorial Health & Addiction

“We need to start treating addiction like the chronic disease that it is. By moving resources upstream, we will save lives and save money.”
– Governor Doug Burgum

Continuum of Care
Prevention | Early Intervention | Treatment | Recovery
As drug addiction and overdoses take their toll on North Dakota families, the state must start treating addiction differently. Seventy-seven people died in North Dakota in 2016 from overdoses, and more than $260 million was spent in the past decade on new jails at the city, county and state levels.

Many of those in our system are there because of crimes rooted in addiction. Jail time without rehab is not a cure for addiction.

Created the Office of Recovery Reinvented through an executive order. This Office is tasked with promoting efforts to eliminate the shame and stigma surrounding addiction. Addiction destroys families and communities, affecting every area of life. North Dakota is taking responsibility and further methods to combat behavioral health issues across the state. The Office of Recovery Reinvented is a seven-member advisory committee, chaired by First Lady Kathryn Burgum, that is making a difference in the lives of many. More information is available at www.recoveryreinvented.com.

Launched the Youth Ending Stigma (YES) Challenge in partnership with the First Lady. The Challenge is designed to enable student-led initiatives and projects focused on eliminating social stigma surrounding behavioral health issues including addiction and mental health conditions.

Student projects will be led from March through April of 2019. More information can be found here.
Hosted the first-ever Peer Support Day at the Capitol. The event saw behavioral health advocates, peer support specialists, individuals who have received peer support services, behavioral health and health care providers, state and local decision-makers and other interested individuals come together to discuss the approach and benefits of peer support and the role that it plays in recovery.

In partnership with the Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division, we are pursuing key strategies as part of our Behavioral Health Initiative: supporting the full continuum of care, embedding services close to home and people’s natural supports to keep families together, and stop criminalizing behavioral health and divert criminal justice involvement.

Shelley Lenz 

Access to Affordable, High Quality Health Care

We know that the affordability and access to high quality health care is a challenge faced by too many North Dakotans. We will prioritize:

The Affordable Care Act: Protecting access to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and benefits like medicaid expansion and pre-existing conditions, and work to stop the Attorney General’s lawsuit trying to dismantle North Dakotans’ access to the Federal ACA benefits.

Comprehensive Coverage: Working with the Legislature to prioritize access to holistic preventative health care including nutrition, mental health, dentistry, vision, physical rehabilitation, senior and geriatric care, especially for rural communities.

North Dakota Health Insurance Co-Op: Developing of a North Dakota Health Insurance Co-op as an option for all North Dakotans to be able to access  health insurance and decrease health costs. We will work with the Insurance Commissioner’s Office to champion opening access to local and out-of-state licensed professional professionals increasing access to telemedicine health availability in the privacy of your own home.

 

Infrastructure

Doug Burgum 

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Shelley Lenz 

Spearheading Innovations in Energy and Fuel Infrastructure

The North Dakota Energy Co-Op: Our vision is the North Dakota Energy Co-op which will not simply rely on extraction taxes for North Dakota Revenue but create new revenue sources and sustain North Dakota’s transition to the future. We will transform the ND energy system to stabilize jobs, increase revenue from ND resources and protect our land, air, and water. This investment will decrease our reliance on taxes from any one sector to neutralize the effect of unstable industrial economic cycles within our communities.

Connecting Energy Infrastructures: Connect the economies and infrastructure of North Dakota’s Oil/Gas/Coal, Wind, Solar, and Geo-therm with our environment, vocational trades, higher education, agriculture, and our communities. We will better protect North Dakota from outside forces affecting our towns and our way of life. Transforming all of North Dakota’s energy systems will benefit all of our state’s economies and our land. We will decarbonize electricity production, continue to provide base load electricity, and electrify our economy while giving our communities a bridge to the future.

Our Goals for the North Dakota Energy Co-Op Public-Private Partnership:

  • Create and maintain high-paying, stable jobs within our local communities

  • Prioritize ND’s energy industries and agriculture industry

  • Contribute to mid-century global climate goals for atmospheric CO2

  • Provide infrastructure to improved oil extraction and captured natural gas

Provide 21st Century Infrastructure

Roads and Bridge Funding: Support a significant increase in funding for transportation infrastructure, ensuring that the four corners of North Dakota are connected with safe highways to transport our goods and our people.

Water Infrastructure: Ensure access to clean, safe drinking water for all North Dakotans.

Restore the Postal Service: Support our Congressional delegation doing all it can to restore reliable and viable postal service, including Saturday delivery.

 

Tribal Relations

Doug Burgum 

“I pledge my administration to a fresh start in our relations with all tribal nations who live with and among us. Our goal is to understand each tribe’s individual issues and circumstances so that we may move forward together.”
– Governor Doug Burgum
Focus Areas for Partnership
Engage | Listen | Learn

Through the course of meeting with tribal leadership from every Native American tribe headquartered in the state — the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation in New Town, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in Belcourt, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Fort Yates and Spirit Lake Nation in St. Michael — we continue to identify areas of opportunity for government-to-government collaboration. The issues range from water rights, taxes, emergency management and law enforcement to addiction, infrastructure, historic sites and tourism.

Collectively strengthening our tribal communities across North Dakota will happen when we genuinely engage, listen and learn about each tribe’s individual challenges and opportunities.

Opened a first-of-its-kind conference on strengthening government-to-government partnerships between the State of North Dakota and tribal nations. Hosted by the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, more than 300 people attended the historic two-day conference in January, including tribal leaders, elders and other members, dozens of leaders and staff from various state agencies, state legislators and federal partners.

Held a second strengthening government-to-government partnerships conference in December. Burgum joined Chairman Mark Fox of the MHA Nation in signing a memorandum of understanding under which the state will recognize motor vehicle license plates and registrations issued by the MHA Nation to its enrolled members residing within its jurisdictional boundaries.

Laid the groundwork for tax revenue-sharing legislation through the work of the interim Tribal Taxation Issues Committee, which Gov. Burgum chaired and on which Lt. Gov. Sanford also served.

Shelley Lenz 

N/A

 

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