Virtual Convention Candidates

Governor

Shelley Lenz

Candidate for Governor

US Congress

Zach Raknerud

Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives

Auditor

Patrick Hart

Candidate for State Auditor

Treasurer

Mark Haugen

Candidate for State Treasurer

Public Service Commissioner

Casey Buchmann

Candidate for Public Service Commissioner

Insurance Commissioner

Travisia Martin

Candidate for Insurance Commissioner

DNC Committeeman & Committeewoman

Josh Boschee

Candidate for DNC Committeeman

Ruth Buffalo

Candidate for DNC Committeewoman

Patrick Engelhart

Candidate for DNC Committeeman

Crysta Parkinson

Candidate for DNC Committeewoman

Dustin Peyer

Candidate for DNC Committeeman

Richard Rockefeller

Candidate for DNC Committeeman

National Delegates

Patrick Engelhart

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders

Samantha Gump

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders

Amber Mutchler

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders

Andrea Denault

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders

Will Thompson

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders

John Strand

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders

Kathrin Volochenko

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders

Vicki Schmidt

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders

Tee Jay Zenker

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders

Rylee Peltier

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders

Richard Jaques

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders

Michael Lopez

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders

Marguerite Coffinet

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders

Kortney Arnold

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders

Kevin Kautzman

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders

Kalyn Dewitt

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders

Hamida Dakane

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders

Elijah Westerfield

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders

Deven Mantz

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders

Dalton Erickson

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders

Carl Young

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders

Alisa Mitskog

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden

Thomasine Heitkamp

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden

Ethan Hoepfner

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden

Mark Haugen

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden

John Martin Pederson

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden

Tom Dickson

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden

Timoteo Hines

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden

Richard Engen

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden

Renae Aarfor

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden

Rebecca Lee Phillips

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden

Melanie Heitkamp

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden

Marcie Andre

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden

Laurie Beth Hager

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden

George Sinner

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden

Cesar Alvarez Jr.

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden

Charles Hart

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden

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Shelley Lenz

Candidate for Governor


Zach Raknerud

Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives


Nomination from Michael B. Lopez, M.A., J.D.


It is my honor and privilege to nominate Zachary Raknerud as our party's candidate for the United States House of Representatives. A committed, progressive voice, Zach will bring much needed vision and energy to the state and national politics of North Dakota, and reenergize this party's commitment to the needs of the many, and not the wealthy few.

As our world faces crises of epic proportions, we need to take bold, decisive political action that reforms the structural inequalities that have hindered the growth and development of billions of people, and which has simply resulted in the gross inequities and inequalities that haunt the world and our Nation. Whether it is the inability of families to have reliable and affordable childcare, guaranteeing--as every other major country on earth does--universal healthcare to all as a right, ensuring that students are not crushed by student debt simply for pursuing an education, providing our elderly with a retirement in which they live in dignity, or fighting for the rights of working people--our country is in desperate and undeniable need of change.

Zach is a part of, and a face for, that change. He believes in, and will fight for, Medicare for all. He will stand with working people. He will ensure that students can receive a four year, tuition free, education. He will fight for the dignity and financial security of our seniors. And he will bring honor and integrity to the state of North Dakota that, long ago, and against the draconian control of major party politics, gave birth to the humane concept that politics belongs to the people, with economic justice for all, and special favor to none.

Thank you for your, and the Delegates, time and consideration, and for your support in nominating Zach to be North Dakota's next United States Representative.

Michael B. Lopez, M.A., J.D.

Patrick Hart

Candidate for State Auditor


Mark Haugen

Candidate for State Treasurer


Casey Buchmann

Candidate for Public Service Commissioner


Travisia Martin

Candidate for Insurance Commissioner


My name is Travisia Martin and I am excited to announce my candidacy to seek the nomination of the Democratic-NPL for the office of Insurance Commissioner for the State of North Dakota.

Along with managing the day to day responsibility of the Insurance Commissioner’s office, my priority is to promote a change in healthcare in the state of North Dakota. I am hopeful that this platform will allow me to be a voice to improve healthcare for all North Dakotans.

I have traveled the state of North Dakota for the last four years, working in several hospitals, including in rural areas. In my travels, I have witnessed many issues that need to be addressed in order to provide adequate services to North Dakotans.

The shortage of providers across our state, due to the lack of funding, is a significant challenge. This is especially problematic in our rural communities.

I am a 40-year veteran in the healthcare workforce as a respiratory care practitioner. My passion is to protect the citizens of our country at all costs. My responsibilities as a practitioner include:

• Evaluation
• Diagnosis
• Treatment

These same responsibilities can carry into the role of Insurance Commissioner. I have seen that being uninsured or underinsured creates a significant threat to the health and wellbeing of our citizens and we should treat it like the health crisis it is. We need to first EVALUATE the problems. Where are the most immediate challenges and needs? We need to DIAGNOSE exactly what the problems are and what has caused them. Then, we need to create a TREATMENT plan that first addresses the most immediate threats and then looks at solving the long term needs of our state. Together, we can improve the health and well-being of North Dakotans.

I have run the life support systems we are hearing so much about right now – ventilators. With the new COVID-19 crisis evolving every day, I am on the front lines and recognize that we are all at risk. My moral and professional obligation is to provide adequate services and protections to the citizens of this state. I have been on the frontlines of healthcare for many years – serving the richest and the poorest in and out of this state and country.

These experiences, especially right now, have led me to seek a higher calling in public office. I am committed to promoting change in healthcare for all North Dakotans. I am committed to ensuring our most vulnerable populations’ needs are met, especially those in rural North Dakota and in our tribal nations. I am committed to addressing the lack of providers across our state, in critical care, mental health, and more.

Regardless of which party you identify with, we are all impacted by and have a desire to improve the healthcare system in this country. I want to help lead this conversation and shape the future of care in this state.

I appreciate your consideration and humbly ask for your vote as North Dakota’s next Insurance Commissioner.

Josh Boschee

Candidate for DNC Committeeman


Ruth Buffalo

Candidate for DNC Committeewoman


Hello fellow delegates!

I am here today to proudly nominate Ruth Buffalo for the post of DNC Committeewoman. Ruth is a proven leader who champions the rights and dignity of our workers, people of color, tribal communities, and all who face social, economic, and racial injustice. I have known Rep. Buffalo for a long time and have always admired her strength and resilience in driving forward her life's purpose towards improving the quality of living for all in our great state and country. Ruth will not only be a champion for our party - she will also be a great advocate for our tribal communities across our state who play a vital role in the strength of our party. It is for these reasons and so much more that I am proud today to nominate Ruth Buffalo to be our DNC Committeewoman.

Cesar Alvarez


Hello,

It is with great honor and excitement that I, Ruth Buffalo, am announcing my candidacy for the DNC Committeewoman. In 2016, I ran unsuccessfully in a statewide race for Insurance Commissioner. I later was honored to serve two years in the capacity of Secretary for the North Dakota Democratic- NPL. Since December 2018, I have been serving our community as a House of Representative for District 27. With your support and your vote, I would like to extend my leadership into the National Democratic Convention as North Dakotas DNC Committeewoman building upon our state party leadership, the Democratic-NPL, and as your DNC Committeewoman.

Continuing the hard work and solid foundation that has been laid before us. I am thankful for the unwavered commitment and dedication shown by our previous DNC Committeewoman. I remain inspired by all of you and your strong commitment to a more prosperous North Dakota for everyone. Working hard and seeking your input so we may all achieve together is a constant work ethic of mine that will continue into the 2020 election. Again, it is with great respect that I ask you for your support and vote. A vote for Ruth Buffalo is a vote for all voices to be heard at the DNC.

Across our country and in our state, we face unprecedented challenges. Our shared values are under assault from every corner. From the right to fair and livable wages for a hard day's work to ensuring the right to quality healthcare for every citizen to the students unable to afford quality education and a better future, to our seniors' ability to retire in dignity, to our brothers and sisters having the right to love whomever they choose--our American democratic principles face an extraordinary test as we chart a way forward.

These issues affect us all. I will do more than listen. I will actively talk with, educate and learn from, and fight for the interests of every North Dakotan. We must be the party of true progress--the party of the future. In my first year of serving you as a state legislator, I was humbled to represent you while introducing several new bills that later became law.

We have a proud history of progress in North Dakota. Together, as the Nonpartisan League, we stood against wealthy out-of-state corporate interests and founded the North Dakota Mill and Elevator and the State Bank of North Dakota. These two proud institutions continue to this day--and they serve the greater good of every person in our state. In 1917 the Nonpartisan League of North Dakota secured a women’s right to vote for president of the United States--three years before the ratification of the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution. This guaranteed the same right for all other women across our nation. North Dakota was a leader then, and North Dakota is a leader now.

If elected as DNC Committeewoman, I will carry the work towards true progress forward. I will fight for the fundamental values we share as North Dakotans.

I will work alongside our state party to forge alliances between our party and socially progressive organizations and labor. And I will work to unite and channel the inspiring grassroots activism throughout our great state into statewide policies promoting the desperately needed change in our state and nation.

This March 21, 2020, we have the opportunity to shape our Party, and the future of our state. As we work together to forge a true progressive future for North Dakota, I humbly ask for your support of my candidacy for DNC Committeewoman. In return, I promise I will continue to be a tireless and fearless advocate and leader for the true progressive vision of what our great state can be.

Thank you for your time, and consideration. Please email me with any questions @ ruth4nd@gmail.com or call me at 701.491.8175.

We'll Stick! We'll Win!

Respectfully,
Ruth A Buffalo (Woman Appears)

Patrick Engelhart

Candidate for DNC Committeeman


Crysta Parkinson

Candidate for DNC Committeewoman


Dustin Peyer

Candidate for DNC Committeeman


I must thank my wife the heart and soul of everything I do. Behind this man you see before you. There is another stronger woman that has giving me the best family anyone can ask for. She kept my son alive during his 114 day stay in the NICU and gave my daughter the best chance at a healthy life by being a fierce breast feeder and advocate for other moms. She takes care of our property while I'm gone fighting in the worst wildfire seasons ever recorded. While I'm gone she is reading to the kids every night, she is tucking them In telling them I'm safe not knowing what tomorrow will bring. Behind every great person there is always a greater unseen half. thank Ashley for forcing me to vote and become a fighter.

Who am I

I'm the out spoken unfiltered chair of rural forgotten district 28, I ran for state Senate in 2016, I made a convention run for US Senate in 2018 along with sponsoring 15 n hour min wage and legal cannabis ballot measures, I successfully updated the dem npl bylaws, I voted to bind the super delegates to the winner of the presidential caucus, I have served on the platform committee for 2 conventions, I served on the 2020 convention citing committee, I started the social media and communications committee, I've also helped recruit dozens of new delegates and candidates.

What do I fight for for...

I fight for universal health care because my son was born premature and not only does my son deserve quality healthcare but everyone in this nation deserves the right to have access to the life saving technology that is available, I fight for a living wage because people are working longer hours for less pay mostly in urban areas that are being overrun by big companies, I fight for the environment because I am a wildland firefighter and I've been to the last remaining slivers of what used to be the greatest wilderness in the world and I want my children and children's children to see it, I fight for criminal justice reform because I have personally met too many people including myself who became trapped in revolving door system created by people who have never been in the a system that targets minorities, separates families, and operates under a for profit scam against the American people through the passing of corrupt laws, I do these things because it's the right thing. I not only talk about change but I speak out publicly on the news, through letters to the editor, sponsoring ballot measures, collecting signatures, supporting candidates, finding insurgents who are tired of being suppressed. I went from never voting in my life to becoming an insurgent for change in any place I could, i was a big part of removing the from the list of schedule one drugs in 2018 and organized dozens of events across the state, collected hundreds of rural signatures, ultimately it failed but we did not give up, we expanded patient access to the medicine they need, doug burgum is giving pardons to marijuana offenders, we built the cannabis caucus. The largest group of active cannabis reformers this state has ever seen, we got hundreds of voices to the capitol and effectively created change that lead to patient access. We built 4 political action committees fueled by activists, patients, and veterans and are now working to collect 30,000 signatures so every north Dakotan can choose if they want to try cannabis without fear of government raids. I'm building a wage committee so servers in nD do not have to work under wages paid in 1947, I am working with over a dozen people who want to chair ballot measures for real change that hasn't occurred in decades. They are looking for candidates to vote for and see the 1% has bought both parties. We must change our ways. I not only talk of change, but I fight for it with the ballot measure process and find new people to engage.

I want to Apologize to the executive committee, the policymakers, legislators and everyone In the party for my inability to use words in a non offensive way. I have calloused hands and use rural language that comes from working sun up to sun down. I am upset about the way things operate and failures of providing the basic bare bottom tools for this party. I am proud of the work that has been done but feel its moving to slowly.

If we don't not stand up, demand change and insurge into positions of power, then the top down approach from the 1% will continue. where a 3 billion dollar presidential campaign in 2016 left the midwest calloused hands workers behind, and a 32 million dollar us Senate candidate cannot take time to visit rural ND, we cannot buy the votes from the rural calloused hands workers that have falling further and further behind due to failing top down approach that comes from the DNC elite.

We are ND. We hold the Nonpartisan League. A historic movement that insurged into the dualopoly political landscape in 1908. Created the first and only state owned bank, wsi, women's rights, and many progressive reforms in ND. Since the merger, the Democratic party has been suppressing the league until it became a ghost, a whisper, ...this partys bylaws state , the name of the party shall be the Democratic Nonpartisan League, on our federal
election commission registration we are the Democratic Nonpartisan League, but our nd secretary of state registration along with your voting ballot say Democratic npl, and finally our elected legislators are listed as Democrats on the state website legis.nd.gov. The Nonpartisan League was first suppressed down to an abbreviation until people forgot what the npl stood for, and then disappeared completely. Our by laws state we are the Democratic Nonpartisan League. Our vote goes to the Democratic-npl, and our legislators are listed as Democrats once elected. This is not acceptable to me.

In 2017 100 years after the original league was formed, before the largest reorg this party has seen in decades. The Nonpartisan League was reborn. The name once again became protected. The insurgents who believe in the power of the league,however The progressive forward thinkinking insurgents who filled positions of change were slowly one by one disenfranchised out of the party because of their stances against the corporate oligarchy we live under and the refusal to support candidates funded by the 1%.

And now a test. I Ask all dual position holders to rise. If you hold more than one position in this
party please rise.

Now I ask you the delegates. who will insurge and take the positions and rebuild the big tent party now and at reorg. Who will Fill the needs of the party, the over 200 plus district executive board positions, the election judge spots and unfilled positions of power and change.

If you do not stand up and ask the hard yet simple questions, do we have a treasurer, do we have a secretary, is my district represented at the policy meetings, do we have election judges, do we have swag for sale, do we have a district donation link? if the answers are no, than it is up to all of you. All of you to step up, step in, and ask to be a part of this party. There are hundreds of needs in the party. Be the change you seek. Grow your political snowball. And when you do step up, be ready for a fight, the fight of your life to move this party to support the progressive reforms that this state and nation badly need.

I'm Dustin Peyer. I'm ready to take on this party, steer the ship in a direction that empowers the people , build a 47 district plan, take on the DNC elite, empower protesters, organize and join the people who want to fight for the environment, healthcare for all, a living wage, criminal justice reform, human rights, and create a party that puts people over profits. But I cannot do this alone. I need your help. I need you to become active, grow your political snowball, do not let the corporate elite melt your spirit, I am not only here to listen, but I am here to empower you to create a system we can all live under that is fair to all.

Thank you

LETS BERN THE CORRUPTION OUT OF THIS PARTY TOGETHER

Richard Rockefeller

Candidate for DNC Committeeman


From a place of deep gratitude, I humbly accept the DNC Committeeman nomination from Dr. Ellie Shockley, District 34 Delegate.

Who Am I?

• I am the adult child of a woman with intellectual disability
• I am a father
• I am a husband
• I am a brother
• I am an uncle
• I am a friend
• I am a neighbor
• I am a worker and co-worker
• I am an incest survivor
• I am an advocate and activist to end child sexual violence and bullying
• I am an activist and advocate to end violence against women
• I am a servant leader
• I am a Human Resources practitioner
• I am, a child of our Creator – My origination and my destination

I hold a BS degree from the University of Minnesota, Organizational Management. My current bread-and-butter position is with Connections, a non-profit serving people with disability in home and community. My current title is Onboarding Coordinator, supporting varied recruitment, training, development and retention activities. I have a
background in home and community based service supports for vulnerable adults and children.

Current Service:

• Democratic-Nonpartisan League Policy Committee, 2nd Rep D21
• Fargo Rape & Abuse Crisis Center, Volunteer Advocate
• North Dakota Human Rights Coalition, Vice-chair

Over this past year, while traveling across ND, both physically and virtually, I have engaged young farmers and ranchers who express growing anxiety as big oil continues to eclipse our heritage of sustainable “family” agriculture. Too, the uncertainty of the phase II trade negotiations and the consolidation of markets are worrisome. Workers in the fossil fuel industry express frustration with majority leaders’ refusals to acknowledge a need for adaptive strategy to advance ND as a global leader in renewable energy and a recycling revolution. We have the capacity! We just need the will to be intentional in our investments, especially, in our investments in our most critical resource; us, all of us, the People here and now, building a solid ND for the next seven generations.

I do not claim to have all the answers but, I aspire to be a solutionary. We need pragmatic solutions rooted in equity, inclusion and justice. We must take opportunity now to ignite a united front to broaden our power base at every level. Now is the time to advance against the continued legislative bullying that moves to consolidate power and relies on a calculus of fracturing and fear. We will not back down and will bring a balance of power that is not rooted in corruption and self-interest. This is possible if the focus remains on building relationships, building community and breathing new life into the solidarity between farmer and worker.

Often times, internal struggles do erupt moving our energy and focus away from the work that must be done together; to be expected, as we are, after all, uniquely human. Indicators suggest some may be at an impasse. My friends, now is not a time for finger pointing and shaming. Our strength is found in our ability to constructively
engage the difficult conversations bringing fair and reasonable conflict resolution that is both transparent and promotes accountability.

Our critical focus is to get the right people into the right places AND to drive a ND civic engagement that reverberates throughout the Republic because we are Legendary!! We should expect nothing less from ourselves. There is so much more I want to say to convince you right here, right now but, you see, that is not possible really. Right now, all I can really do is ask you to trust me, to cast your vote that opens the door transforming me into a servant leader who will devote the next four years to broadening our base of ND people power. Once I have your vote, then I can work to show you...

Your Friend,
Richard L J Rockefeller

Patrick Engelhart

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders


Samantha Gump

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders


Amber Mutchler

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders


Andrea Denault

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders


Howdy folks! I’m Andrea Denault and am running as a national Sanders delegate to the DNC. I am currently the Dem-NPL co-chair for District 21 (downtown Fargo) and previously served as the chair for District 19, a rural district 30 miles west of Grand Forks. I’d like to share some of the work I’ve done in the past five years to advance Sanders’ agenda!

In 2016, I was not a national Bernie delegate, but nevertheless made the trip from Larimore, ND to Philadelphia just to be peripherally involved in the movement I believed in so much. It was the best decision I’ve ever made as it has kept me motivated to keep pushing years later.

Upon my return from Philly, I immediately quit my job to stand on the front lines at Standing Rock and would spend six months in the camps working to build awareness of the threat to the Missouri river and the Ogallala aquifer. As the months went by and police militarization and brutality increased by the day, the fight for clean water became more than just that. It was a fight against systemic racism and 500 years of colonization. It was a lesson in America's total lack of awareness on tribal sovereignty.

In 2017 I became a lobbyist for the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition. During that legislative session we primarily fought for the rights of the LGBTQ2, Native American, refugee and New American communities. For this role, I relied heavily on Dem-NPL legislators for mentorship and support. I have maintained strong relationships with those legislators to this day. I am thankful for the opportunity to have been trusted with such important work and to have had the faith of the party behind me.

In 2018, I partnered up with Jed Limke of Reform Fargo to co-organize a historic ballot initiative to adopt Approval Voting as the official new voting method for the city of Fargo. Not only did it win in a landslide, we made national news for being the first city in America to adopt the method. Approval Voting is a more mathematically democratic voting method that mitigates the “spoiler effect” that can occur when multiple popular candidates run for the same seat. Vox Article here.

Most recently, I have teamed up with a number of local women to organize for Sanders in a way that distances ourselves and Bernie’s campaign from the pervasive “Bernie Bro” myth. We have been organizing women-led canvases, doing community outreach through events such as the Women’s March, hosting large-scale watch parties for the debates and started a Facebook page that exclusively features photos and testimonials from all the local everyday folk who support Bernie! Facebook Link here

Everything I’ve done for the past five years has, in some form or another, kept the dream of the revolution alive and I have no plans of stopping! As a survivor of poverty and historic trauma, I am motivated to keep fighting for those I don’t know. Miigwech!

Will Thompson

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders


John Strand

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders


Kathrin Volochenko

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders


Greetings to all Fellow North Dakota State Delegates!

My name is Kathrin Volochenko and I'm asking for your vote for 2020 National Convention Candidate in support of Bernie Sanders. However I will gladly support whoever is the nominee as I strongly believe in supporting the Democratic Party as a whole. Please call or text me at 701-818-9309, message or email me at haymaker32000@yahoo.com anytime if you wish to visit.

1) Have you attended any previous National Conventions?

No I haven’t and in addition, I would very much like to follow in my grandmothers’ footsteps and fulfill a desire that I’ve had for many years. My grandmother was chosen as a National Delegate to represent the State of California at the 1964 & 1968 conventions.

2) Why are you interested in attending the Democratic National Convention?

I respectfully request that you refer to question number one for the first part of this answer; and to add to that, I KNOW that I would be an excellent choice to represent our great state of North Dakota.

Having moved from California in 1979 and lived here for just over 40years, I have been very fortunate to enjoy the freedoms and open spaces that many people can only read or dream of. In short it would be a privilege to have the opportunity to represent the State of North Dakota and the North Dakota Democratic-Nonpartisan League Party in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

On a more personal note, it would be a most exhilarating/exciting and informative experience to attend a National Convention to meet and to form new friendships other delegates from all parts of the United States and its territories.

3) Why should our state delegates elect you to represent us at the Democratic National Convention?

As a supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders since he first announced in 2015 and revealed his platform, I understand that we a nation need to work to depart from some of the current methods of government and adopt a form of government that will benefit ALL of the citizens of the United States and its Territories.

With that said, I will adamantly support the eventual Democratic Presidential nominee. As National Democratic Convention Delegates, we are all ambassadors of our great state and as such, need to and will, be “shining” examples of how one should conduct themselves, even in the face of disappointment.

In conclusion, whether the mission is to beat President Trump or any other opposing party President, we need to work together to lift up and support our party in the most effective manner possible.

Please call or text me at 701-818-9309, Face book message or email me at haymaker32000@yahoo.com anytime if you wish to visit further on this topic.

Vicki Schmidt

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders


Candidate for National Democratic Convention – Bernie Sanders

I have applied to be a delegate to the National Democratic Convention. Being a delegate to the State, and potentially a delegate to the National Convention are new, bold steps for me. I feel a strong, fresh calling to follow this leading, and bring my collected wisdom, vision, and commitment to become more active in the democratic party. I believe that together we have the power to bring positive, new direction for our country.

I grew up in a strong Republican home where Democrats were put down and belittled. I took on my parents’ beliefs, and I was comfortable with this stand. But my world view expanded with maturity, and when I traveled to countries in war and revolution in Central America in 1984, my eyes were opened in life shattering ways. I saw with new lenses what Republican lawmakers were doing as they supported military coups and violence that took hundreds of thousands of innocent victims in the 1980s and into the 1990s. These experiences were a conversion experience for me, and I could no longer support the Republican Party. It has been a difficult journey in many ways, because as I began to take clear stands against injustice, I was attacked for my witness and testimonies. This pushed me to form a response to carry forward my idea that all people had a right to dignity, equality, and justice in all its forms, and for all marginalized people.

For many decades I have led delegations of people into Central America and Mexico, and currently I invite delegations to the Texas-Mexico border to learn firsthand the ramifications of our broken immigration system. I was the ND Director of the Episcopal Migration Ministries, and for many years was active in refugee resettlement. I pushed for law changes for handicapped/physically challenged people in the 1960s and 70s. I became active in the Gay Rights movement after welcoming a young man into our home as a place of safety when he was kicked out of his family because of his sexual orientation. My husband and I were foster parents for 33 years, sheltering youth who were victims of sexual and emotional abuse. I stood with faith leaders at Standing Rock, confronting state officials to stop the dangerous oil pipeline being laid in our state. This collection of life changing, relational experiences, brought me to new awareness of the need for laws that provide comprehensive physical and mental health care, and other wholistic opportunities for some of the most vulnerable people – old and young – in our state and country.

I have long sought “liberty and justice for all”, and taking steps toward further involvement in the State and National Democratic party and process will, without doubt, open new doors for action in unexpected and creative ways. I welcome this new direction, and ask that you consider voting for me as a delegate to the National Democratic Convention.

Tee Jay Zenker

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders


Richard Jaques

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders


Please consider my candidacy for a Bernie Sanders delegate at the Democratic National Convention. A brief bio will hopefully show the experiences that led to my commitment to justice, compassion, and understanding. I have lived in seventeen states sometimes well and other times destitute. I have seen great acts of generosity amongst the poor and cruel exploitation amongst the well off. I have been cold hungry homeless and yet at other times was able to meet my simple needs and be content. I currently work as a social worker at a nursing home and previously worked as a unit clerk at a hospital. The inhumanity of our current healthcare system has been witnessed first hand. It seems to me that the healthcare industry is set up to confiscate all one's wealth and then force the sick and infirm into poverty. I have also worked day labor and other low paying jobs and had to make the choice between hunger and shelter. Mine has not been a traditional life but it has afforded insight into our common humanity. A great society understands that as one person suffers so too do we all. How we treat the poor, sick and infirm reflects our goodness and leads to true prosperity. This is what America needs. Love, compassion, and understanding are what the world needs. Bernie Sanders manifests these qualities we should aspire to. Bernie and what he advocates should motivate us in our struggle for a better America and world.

Richard Jaques

Michael Lopez

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders


Marguerite Coffinet

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders


Hi, I am Marguerite Coffinet from District 19. I am hoping to be elected to represent North Dakota along with my fellow national delegates at the now virtual Democratic National Convention. I believe that we need the Democratic party to win the next presidential election and that is why Bernie Sanders has had my support since the 2016 election. We, as members of the Democratic Party need to create change for our people and that is why Sanders has always had my support.

Time after time, he has always conveyed his plans consistently to the people of America on how he is going to fix the health care system, by providing a fair but equal universal health care system for all. Now, while many Americans assume that this is not possible without increasing their cost, but this goal is more than achievable. This is possible by abolishing the for-profit model within the health and pharmaceutical industries. That is just one example of the many Progressive plans Sanders has explained to America. It is not just a set of ideal, but the core principal to his revolution. While this is just one, he has many others I would love to talk about, but this one is closest to my heart.

Now, that I have done a lot of talking about Bernie Sanders, here is why I truly support him and his ideas.

I, also know as Maggie, am 53 years young, born and raised in the United States. I was raised to value all people, of all abilities, of all places. I became a teacher, driven by this, that all people have value. I have raised my triplet boys and instilled upon them to always help others if you can. As a single parent, one of my boys developed several life long illnesses and because of those illnesses, I learned and have had first hand experience with the many of the shortcomings of our health care system. This is why I so strongly believe in the Democratic Party, specifically Bernie Sanders.

So thank you, fellow state delegates for your time in reading why I believe I am a great choice to be a national delegate to represent the Bernie Sanders voters in our state.

Kortney Arnold

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders


Greetings Fellow North Dakotans, My name is Kortney Arnold, and I am a candidate for national delegate to the National Convention. I have never served in this position or attended the National Convention before, but look forward to the opportunity. I have served as a union member with the Boston College Graduate Workers Union in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

I have lived most of my life in Burke County and am working to help rural communities across North Dakota. I know firsthand the strengths and weaknesses of these communities. I am also a student of history and political philosophy. The history of North Dakota has demonstrated one of our greatest strengths: grassroots movements to improve our state. The Nonpartisan League began as a small, grassroots movement among North Dakota’s farmers and laborers. They knew that it was only through organizing, working together, and breaking from the establishment that they could take control of the state from corrupt political and financial interests. The NPL forged a state in their image; creating institutions that have helped North Dakota’s economy thrive even today: the Bank of North Dakota and the North Dakota Mill and Elevator.

I see the spirit of the Nonpartisan League in the career and campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders. As a national delegate, I would stand for Bernie Sanders and the historic standard of the Nonpartisan League, representing Medicare for all, student loan debt relief, economic and racial justice, and the repeal of both Citizens United and Right-to-Work laws. The ideals of the NPL can still help our rural communities today. Revitalizing these rural communities should be one of our primary concerns, and I work on ideas to help them daily.

Thank you for your consideration to be a delegate to the National Convention. It would be an honor to attend the National Convention in person or digitally to represent my beloved home state. I hope to help improve North Dakota by pushing for progress forward while rekindling the ideas of the Nonpartisan League that have served our state well in the past.

Kortney Arnold

Kevin Kautzman

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders


With everything going on in the world today, from the disastrous impacts of the Trump Administration to the developing public health and economic crises, our great nation desperately needs the policies of Bernie Sanders, now more than ever:

• We need Medicare for All - Health Care is a human right, not a privilege
• We can no longer tolerate the income & wealth inequality in this country, which is growing greater & greater as a result of the greed of Corporate America
• We need to make Public Colleges & Universities tuition free – every American deserves the best education possible, regardless of income
• We must substantially lower the outrageous amount of student debt in this country
• We must raise the minimum wage to $15, and make it easier for workers to join Unions
• We cannot allow cuts to Social Security benefits – We must protect and enhance benefits
• We have a moral responsibility to leave a healthy and habitable planet to our children - we must transform our energy economy

These beliefs inspired me to get involved in the fight back in 2015. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to represent our state as an elected national delegate for Bernie Sanders in 2016. Casting my vote for Bernie Sanders at the DNC convention that year, is something I’ll never forget. It was truly an honor to represent of all of you, who share the feeling that this country is in need of the sort of transformation, which only comes from a true political revolution. That same fire still Berns in me today.

After voting in 2016, we continued the fight here at home in North Dakota. The experience at the 2016 convention inspired many of us to stay involved. Since then, I’ve been active in both the Policy & Executive Committee of our state party, working to ensure our party is more representative and inclusive, for all people of North Dakota.

As part of that fight, in effort to ensure the most fair and transparent presidential nominating process possible, I wrote the Fair & Proportional Representation amendment to our party’s bylaws. This bylaw change requires our party’s unpledged “superdelegates” to cast their votes at the nominating convention in direct proportion to the results of the popular votes cast by the people of North Dakota. After a yearlong fight, alongside many, many amazing people within our party, this amendment was passed and now ensures that our party accurately reflects the will of the people, rather than operating like a private club where “superdelegates” are allowed the opportunity to place their own personal preference above the will of everyday North Dakotans.

We all know how important it is to defeat Donald Trump in 2020, but just winning this election isn’t enough! We must create an economy and a government that works for all of us, and not just for those at the top. It’s time for the power to be returned to the ordinary people of this country!

Kalyn Dewitt

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders


Hamida Dakane

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders


Hello everyone, I’m Hamida Dakane - I was Elizabeth Warren supporter! and when she dropped out, I chose to support Senator Bernie Sanders, and I ask for your votes to become a national delegate at the Milwaukee Democratic National Convention. I was born and raised in Kenya, I came to North Dakota as an out-of-state student in 2012, studying Emergency Management and International Studies at North Dakota State University. I got involved with the DEM-NPL when senator Heidi Heitkamp was first running 2012. I volunteered for her campaign and worked for the party as a New Americans outreach in 2018. Over time, I got involved with the community in various capacities of service and leadership. I am an appointed member of the Fargo Human Relations Commission; I was recognized with the Martin Luther King Jr Award from the City of Fargo for outstanding leadership and service to the vulnerable populations. I have a co-founder of the Afro American Development Association, a leader in the local Somali community, and was the Educational Chair for the NDSU African Student Union (now Black Student Association).

Initially an outsider, I soon realized that I had found my home in this welcoming community. I instantly loved the people around me. I felt connected to what felt like a growing family. As a community organizer, it is my firm belief In the wise words of George Bernard Shaw, “the people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can't find them, make them.” I believe in change and democrat process that works for everyone and I believe Senator Bernie Sanders is all about change. I work hard for development and growth of the community I represent; I listen, I promote civic education in immigrant communities to enhance the involvement of New Americans in the political process. I organize with local candidates to ensure we are all involved in growing together for a better future. I am connected to our communities, and I will bring an all-embracing community perspective. I am passionate, and I take action to get things done.

I’m asking for you vote not only to be a delegate for Senator Bernie Sanders, but represent the whole new American community that vote democrat and not involve in the party leadership at all level. I would be honored to represent the New Americans in our great state at the National Convention as Senator Bernie Sanders delegate.

Sincerely, Hamida Dakane

Hamida4nd@gmail.com

Elijah Westerfield

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders


My name is Elijah Westerfield. I am asking for your vote to represent Bernie Sanders, in person or virtually, at the National Convention as a Delegate. I am a North Dakota native, living part of my childhood on the Grand Forks Air Force Base and part in the small town of Petersburg. I attended college and graduate school in the Fargo/Moorhead area, where I currently live in District 44.

I do not have previous experience in the political arena. However, I’m an avid follower of politics with a sense of civic duty and justice. I’ve spent most of my professional career in social services, working with at-risk youth in a residential treatment center, with homeless veterans, and with people who had significant mental health and/or substance use issues.

My personal life’s work has been representing the LGBTQ+ community, a vastly underrepresented group in the state. I have given numerous talks to college students and professionals about my personal experiences as a queer, transgender person and the issues facing those communities. I have been involved in many organizations that promote the advancement of rights of LGBTQ+ people of all backgrounds, classes, abilities, races, and ethnicities. I firmly believe that North Dakotans are compassionate and accepting once confronted with the reality that the “other” is their neighbor.

I believe that Senator Sanders has ignited a sense of passion and excitement in voters. North Dakota voter turnout was incredibly high for the candidate on primary day. I would be honored to represent the great state of North Dakota and will stand behind whoever is ultimately the Democratic nominee.

Sincerely, Elijah Westerfield

Eli.westerfield@yahoo.com

Deven Mantz

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders


Dalton Erickson

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders


I am Dalton Erickson, an applicant to be a National Delegate in favor of Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention. I've been interested in politics my entire life, and my first Presidential election was the 2016 election. This has been the most influential thing to happen to me in my lifetime. I have grown up with constant war, economic inequality, and watched a revival of racism. As a young boy, I grew up in a post-race world, only to have that worldview shatter after the election of Obama in '08 when I saw effigies of him being lynched. Now, we have Trump. I have grown as a person and gone from a Libertarian to a Democratic Socialist. I partake in any activist work I can help with, while also committing my work career to the non-profit sector. Having worked at Northlands Rescue Mission on the frontline of the homeless crisis, and just this year, I started a new job at United Way. I have committed every aspect of my life to making this world a better place. With that, it should be noted that even if I am not selected as a Delegate I will be still committed to doing everything in my power to help the 'have-nots' of society, and fighting against injustice. This is no longer single battles, but an entire war for change against systemic injustice in our communities. Hopefully, in the long run, I would like to run for office and take charge in organizing change at every level.

I find myself in these times of crisis in good company with like-minded people who understand the level of seriousness needed in combating the issues at heart in our society. There is nothing but hope in my heart that this perilous economic situation we are falling into will only further our cause. We as a society need to collectively realize the source of so many of our problems has come from the material reality that we live in. The chain that binds all our oppressed people together are the chains of unchecked capitalism.

I personally am bi-sexual, and am involved in the LGBTQ+ community. I have had friends directly affected by Trump's immigration policies. I have suffered myself through living without healthcare while working a socially vital job. I have watched to many national issues hurt those friends, colleagues, and clients who I love so much. With this, as a final statement. I must admit, that whether or not I am selected to represent the beacon of hope for political change that can help us, I will continue with steadfast determination throughout my life to reach the needed changes in our local community, State, and Country.

With Love & Solidarity,
Dalton Erickson

Carl Young

Candidate for National Delegate, Bernie Sanders


Alisa Mitskog

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden


Hello friends, my name is Alisa Mitskog, I’m a chiropractor from Wahpeton. I’m married to a farmer and have 3 daughters and 2 granddaughters. I was first elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. I represent D25, which is a district located in southeastern North Dakota.

I’m running as delegate for Joe Biden. I am keenly aware that this is a red state that has supported Trump. But, I genuinely believe that people are ready for a change. It has taken a pandemic to recognize that we need a strong and knowledgeable president and a congress that is willing work to together for the good of the country.

As a country, we are facing one of the most challenging times that we have faced as a nation. To deal with the aftermath of this crisis, our country will need an experienced leader that has the ability to work across party lines to unite the country as well as rebuilding global relationships. This is why I believe, Joe Biden needs to be our next President.

I want to represent North Dakota as a delegate for Joe Biden and I would appreciate your support.

Thomasine Heitkamp

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden


Introduction: Greeting Delegates! My name is Thomasine Heitkamp and I am a life-long DEM-NPLer. I am asking for your support to attend the National Convention as delegate for Vice President Joe Biden.

About me: I am a mother of two adult sons, Evan and Luke. I am a spouse of 36 years to Al Boucher. I am a Professor at the University of North Dakota where I am employed as an administrator, applied researcher, trainer on behavioral health topics, and serve on a host of leadership committees in my service obligation. I have worked at UND for 37 years and I am a licensed clinical social worker in ND. The focus of my work is in the fields of mental health and substance abuse. I am passionate about serving rural communities who struggle with access to behavioral health workforce.

Why Joe: When Vice-President Biden attended the Dem NPL convention two years ago in GF I spent a few moments visiting with him. We talked about the importance of siblings in such a thoughtful manner. I was touched by his genuineness and approachability. He was all in for Heidi and I liked that! Most of all, I trust him to restore dignity to the office of the Presidency. He will surround himself with all the intelligent people he worked with in in the Obama administration. He understands how to solve complex problems and cares about the well-being of our democracy.

My politics: I have volunteered in a myriad of capacities as a Dem-NPLer in ND - including service on the Platform Committee and being a delegate at countless state conventions. I was part of the initial Women’s Caucus that encouraged Governor Sinner to include Lt Governor Ruth Meiers as his running mate. Most recently, I worked up to 30 hours a week going door-to-door, walking in parades, hosting dinners, and making phone calls for our Dem-NPL candidates in 2018.

ERA – NOW: My most recent efforts have been to serve as the co-founder of a group in Grand Forks entitled ERA – NOW. I invited my friends and hosted the first meeting of this group in December 2016. Along with the leadership of several women, we hosted the first Women’s March and subsequent marches. The group has over 700 members on Facebook and is established as a non-profit entity. In October 2019 we hosted a large event to celebrate 100 years of women’s right to vote. The focus of the group is to Show Up! Stand Up! Speak Up! - which I will do for Joe Biden at the National Convention in July if you elect me to serve as a Biden delegate.

Thanks for your kind consideration of my application.

Ethan Hoepfner

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden


Mark Haugen

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden


Hello Dem-NPL Convention Delegates, I am Mark Haugen and I ask for your vote to become a National Delegate to Milwaukee, as a declared Joe Biden delegate.

I know that we all agree that our primary goal is to defeat Donald Trump and I believe Joe Biden gives us the best chance to achieve that goal. I believe Joe Biden can energize a more diverse electorate in November, as well as bring along with him the old Obama-Biden coalition. I also believe that Joe's experience in foreign policy and message of getting us to Universal Healthcare in measured increments gives us the best opportunity to win in November.

Finally, I also support a virtual Democratic National Convention and I believe ourexperience this week gives the DNC a great format to follow.

John Martin Pederson

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden


Timoteo Hines

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden


My name is Timoteo Hines. I am a High School Problems of Democracy/Civics teacher at Standing Rock Community Grant School. I am also a congenital heart patient who has been active in democratic politics for over ten years. In 2018, I was the regional organizing director with the North Dakota Coordinated Campaign. I am the former secretary for District 47. In addition, I bring a unique perspective to the party because I am hispanic and a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

I am running to be a Joe Biden national delegate for the National Convention in Milwaukee. As a member of the disability community, I would strive to ensure a healthy convention setting by working with the DNC for those that need extra assistance. For example, I would advocate for video conferencing for all caucus meetings, all handouts to be braille-friendly, and facilities to better accommodate those who rely on walkers or wheelchairs - a noted problem during the 2016 Convention in Philadelphia. We must also prepare to use technology for “live voting”, if necessary. I’d work with the DNC to make sure each delegate is plugged into the convention arena and should a delegate have a question, they can buzz in similar to gameshows. While it might seem silly, our current way of life might have seemed “silly” a few weeks ago when we were not all stuck at home due to this pandemic. It’s time for us all to be creative and proactive to find ways to engage in democracy that are accessible and pragmatic, and I hope to be a voice to champion that viewpoint.

I believe I offer a unique perspective on how to interact with others and offer viable solutions that North Dakotians are looking for when it comes to participating on the national stage. Please consider voting for me as a Joe Biden national delegate representing the great state of North Dakota to the DNC Convention in July. Thank you, and I welcome any questions you may have.

Richard Engen

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden


My name is Rick Engen, I am a District 41 Fargo resident. I'm submitting my name as a DEM- NPL member, proudly supporting Vice President Joe Biden for President of the United States.

I hope to secure your vote and support to represent our great state as a delegate representing North Dakota at the DNC. My support for Joe is based on a culmination of realities, Vice President Biden has the best chance to gather Democrats, moderate Republicans and Independents to remove the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and ship him back to Mara a Lago!

North Dakotan’s are fiercely independent and have many times not voted to secure what is best for the interests of our state and people. I believe Joe will work to help the people of our country and state secure and foster what we need to be vibrant, respected and successful. I believe Joe is the only candidate with the experience and respect worldwide to walk into the oval office and deal with current and possible future threats facing our country day 1!

I have had the opportunity to attend the 2012 DNC and came away with energy and understanding that were used to help our district place Democrats in state office.

We all get chances in life to make things better but executing on them goes beyond just the words!

Finally, I reluctantly must admit I was a republican early in life but crossed over from the dark side in the late 1990’s.. It all started with a vote for Heidi Heitkamp to be Governor of the great state of North Dakota... and have not looked back since!

Renae Aarfor

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden


I am Renae Aarfor, and I am a Joe Biden delegate and I ask for your vote to become a National Delegate at the Milwaukee convention.

I am the former District Chair for D41, which is the district that sent Al Carlson packing in 2018. I also served as the Southeast Area Director for Senator Heidi Heitkamp for 6 years and I met many of her constituents during that time.

As a lifelong resident of ND, I am an active and proud member of our party and was truly humbled and honored to receive the DEM-NPL Spirit Award last year. I can be counted on to volunteer, phone bank, walk in numerous parades or contribute financially. In anyway needed, I am always happy to help. I had the privilege to represent ND as a national delegate for President Obama in 2012.

I believe in Joe Biden and I believe his experience will restore our credibility on the world stage. I also firmly believe he will surround himself with the brightest people in his administration. I am so excited to close this awful chapter in our history and I look forward to a new administration.

I would be honored to represent our great state at the National Convention in Milwaukee, whether it is in person or in a virtual format and I ask for your vote.

Sincerely,
Renae Aarfor
Renaer4@msn.com
701-893-8591

Rebecca Phillips

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden


Melanie Heitkamp

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden


Marcie Andre

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden


I would like to be a National Delegate to the Democratic Convention because I have been a Democrat all my life. I attended and worked at a National Convention once before. Not at just any convention, but In1968 I was a page at the National Democratic convention in Chicago. This experience was my introduction to politics!

I was a delegate to state conventions after that, caucusing for Shirley Chisholm when she ran for President, and for Jessie Jackson in 1988. I campaigned for democratic candidates in every election in North Dakota up to the last election. In 2008 I went door to door for statewide candidates and for President Obama and Vice President Biden. I did this while I lived in Fargo, ND, and again in 2012, when I campaigned in Bismarck. This campaign season I have supported Joe Biden from the beginning and was so excited when he won the South Carolina primary and for all that he has accomplished after that. As a substitute teacher, I contributed to the extent I could to the Biden campaign, but I know it hasn’t been near what he deserves. I hope he is nominated to run against that freak in the White House. He will be one of the best Presidents ever!

The picture I am sending was taken on my 60th birthday. Now my hair is gray, but I still don’t have a wart on my nose. If you accept me as a National Delegate, I’ll make you proud.

Marcie Andre
308 West Custer Park (District 32)
Bismarck, ND 58501
(701) 540-8113

Laurie Beth Hager

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden


George Sinner

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden


Cesar Alvarez Jr.

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden


Charles Hart

Candidate for National Delegate, Joe Biden