Becker, Mund will appear on North Dakota ballot as independents
State elections specialist Lee Ann Oliver told Forum News Service on Friday that both Senate candidate Rick Becker and House candidate Cara Mund turned in at least the 1,000 valid signatures needed to make the ballot.
BISMARCK — U.S. Senate candidate Rick Becker and U.S. House of Representatives candidate Cara Mund have qualified to appear as independents on North Dakota's November ballot.
State elections specialist Lee Ann Oliver told Forum News Service on Friday, Sept. 9, that both Becker and Mund turned in at least the 1,000 valid signatures needed to make the ballot.
Last month, Becker surprised political observers when he announced his independent candidacy, departing from the normal partisan process.
Becker, an ultraconservative Bismarck lawmaker, narrowly lost the Republican nomination to incumbent GOP Sen. John Hoeven in April at the GOP state convention.
Now, he will take on Hoeven and Democratic-NPL challenger Katrina Christiansen. Hoeven, a former governor, is seeking his third term in Washington.
Mund, a former Miss America titleholder and recent Harvard Law School graduate, faces a different sort of race.
She and Republican incumbent Rep. Kelly Armstrong are now the only two candidates who will appear on the ballot after endorsed Democratic-NPL candidate Mark Haugen suspended his campaign over the weekend.
Haugen, who is anti-abortion, said Democratic leaders asked him to bow out of the race to give Mund, who is pro-abortion rights, a better chance at beating Armstrong.
Frequent candidate Charles Tuttle, a conservative, qualified to appear on the ballot as an independent running for secretary of state. He will face Republican state Rep. Michael Howe and Democratic-NPL nominee Jeffrey Powell. Incumbent Republican Secretary of State Al Jaeger is retiring.
Tuttle has recently been subject to an investigation into alleged violations of elections law for paying bonuses to signature gatherers during a drive to get a measure related to term limits on the ballot. Agents from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation searched Tuttle's house last month.
A handful of independent candidates will also appear in legislative races throughout the state, including:
- Robert Tolar, who is running for state Senate in District 6 (north of Bismarck to Canadian border).
- Cathy Brenan, who is running for state House in District 20 (west of Grand Forks).
- Madeline Luke, who is running for state House in District 24 (Barnes and Ransom counties).
- Thea Lee, who is running for state Senate in District 39 (southwest of Dickinson).