National spotlight on Fargo legislative race

DLCC names Karla Rose Hanson (D44) an ‘Essential Race’ candidate

(BISMARCK, ND) – The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, a national organization working to elect Democrats to state legislatures, announced that Karla Rose Hanson (District 44) has been designated an “Essential Race” candidate for the 2016 election cycle.

“It’s no secret that Democrats run uphill races in North Dakota, which is why we’re especially proud of this recognition for Karla’s innovative, grassroots campaign,” said Dem-NPL Executive Director Robert Haider. “For almost a year, Karla has been working every day to earn the support of her neighbors. We know Karla will be a powerful voice for working families, safe communities and strong education when she’s elected to the North Dakota House.”

The DLCC’s list of Essential Races highlights 45 of the most crucial legislative races and candidates across the country. The 45 Essential Races are selected from a total of nearly 6,000 legislative races across the country. Hanson’s candidacy was chosen by the DLCC to be spotlighted in recognition of the strong data-driven, locally focused campaign she is running along with her running mates, state senate candidate Merrill Piepkorn and incumbent House member Joshua Boschee.

“This cycle’s slate of Democratic state legislative prospects across the country is unprecedented in its strength and represents the diverse communities of the rising American majority,” said DLCC Executive Director Jessica Post. “Democrats are primed to make substantial gains in statehouses across the country in November, and the candidates running in our Essential Races are key to these victories.”

“It’s humbling to receive national attention for our campaign here in Fargo, as well as to see the incredible enthusiasm from North Dakotans for this race,” said Hanson. “My neighbors are excited about the opportunity to have more legislators who care about connecting with voters, listening to their concerns and advocating for the priorities that will make our community even stronger.”


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