Hello Peace Garden State! Help keep the peace in your garden and vote for some environmentally sound congressional candidates this season, North Dakota! To learn more about Sustainable Politician Project, read our full intro here.
Voting in North Dakota
Wel, North Dakota, you have it nice and simple. Your poll type is open, so you can vote for whoever you want regardless of party affiliation. The candidates with the highest votes move onto the general election in November, no need for a majority here.
Things on the ballot this year: U.S. Senate, U.S. House, other state executives, State Senate, State House, State Supreme Court, local judges, school boards, and recalls.
Note: none of your candidates are great as far as sustainability goes. We’ll give you the info we have, but make sure to check their platforms for other causes that are important to you.
Remember, you only elect one senator.
Heidi Heitkamp (D) – (Campaign Site) – Incumbent
Since Heidi is your current senator, we have a good amount of information regarding her energy views. She has an all-of-the-above energy approach, which includes a diverse set of sources, both renewable and nonrenewable. We’ll start with the bad news.
Heidi wants to continue the “responsible development” of oil, natural gas, and coal. The best way to transport oil and natural gas, she argues, are pipelines. As you may have guessed, she wants to continue fracking to extract these fossil fuels. Furthermore, she does not want to stop North Dakota’s coal production and fights against attempts by the federal government to do so. We know, not the best outlook right now. Let’s look at the good.
While coal production is dirty and carbon-emitting, Heidi does push for innovation in coal production to make it “cleaner” by incentivizing investments in clean coal tech with the Advanced Clean Coal Technology Investment in Our Nation Act. She’s also worked to develop wind and biofuel sources in North Dakota by supporting tax incentives for these alternative energy sources. And despite her support for so many fossil fuel sources, she does have a League of Conservation Voters lifetime score of over 50%, which is significantly higher than other Congress members serving from your state.
Other Senator Candidates:
Thomas O’Neill (R) – Does not support investing in renewable energy or regulating greenhouse gas emissions (source).
U.S. House of Representatives
District-at-large! This means your whole state only has one district. No need to worry about finding which district is yours! Also note, your current representative is not running for re-election. Gotta go fresh this time!
Tiffany Abentroth (R) – Supports family farms.
Kelly Armstrong (R) – Supports oil and gas production, applauds the Trump Administration for rolling back environmental regulations, and disapproves of “regulatory overreach” from the federal government in environmental policies (source).
Paul Schaffner (R)