Team Doug Weekly Round-Up: September 2

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Team Doug Weekly Round-Up

It was a busy week for Doug Burgum and Brent Sanford as they visited Bismarck, Dickinson, Richardton, Stanley, Watford City, Williston and many other communities during their tour across western North Dakota.

Before we start our Labor Day Weekend, let’s take a quick look at the news and events that drove the week.

– Team Doug 

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Doug spent his summer meeting with voters and leaders across the state to discuss how we build a new economy for North Dakota. Burgum has spent the summer continuing to build his campaign while mending fences with state officials and party faithful during a campaign that included some negative campaigning at times. “It’s been exciting to see the positive reaction we’ve received from citizens across the state about our campaign’s vision to diversify and transform North Dakota’s economy,” Burgum said. “From now until Nov. 8, we’re going to continue the discussion with voters about balancing our budget, reinventing government and diversifying our economy.”

At the Williston Economic Summit and Trade Show, Doug discussed his plan to create vibrant communities that will attract and retain a strong workforce. As KFYR-TV reports: Burgum spoke at length about efficiency and creating communities that attract millennials. “Biggest natural resource we have is our people, and we have to build communities that attract and retain the talent we need to participate in a digital economy. The world economy’s changing. We have a big opportunity to diversify and Williston has a big future in front of it,” says Burgum.

Doug also talked about how we need to embrace the sharing economy to remain competitive in the 21st century. As the Williston Herald reports: Technology has been upending business models across sectors around the globe, but at the same time it is creating once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to thoughtfully transform a community and a state’s prosperity potential. It’s going to take, however, a radical shift in how cities grow and what kinds of infrastructure they focus on, Burgum said.  “We have to get used to the reasons why people want to come here,” he said. “Young millennials want walkable neighborhoods. They don’t want your father’s Oldsmobile or your grandfather’s house on the edge of town with a big lawn to mow. They want a home where they can walk to a cafe with high-speed Internet.”

Doug also visited the great town of Stanley, North Dakota. 

Doug and his running mate Lt. Governor candidate Brent Sanford were in Watford City, where they held a community roundtable meeting about creating jobs for North Dakota.

Doug was in Dickinson, where he outlined his vision to transform North Dakota’s economy for the future. As the Dickinson Press reports: About 50 people gathered at the Stix n’ Twigs cafe downtown to chat with Doug Burgum about the upcoming November election, which is just 66 days away, and what he can do to help cities across North Dakota. … Burgum said when they began to transform Fargo’s downtown, it was “one of the most economically depressed places in the state” and now it is “flourishing.” He said all of the infrastructure was there in downtown Fargo and it just took time to fill the empty buildings and parking lots before the downtown area was able to grow.

Doug also toured the Kildeer Mountain Manufacturing facility in Dickinson.

Finally, Doug ended the week with a breakfast in Richardton, where he discussed how we create a vibrant economy for North Dakota. 


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Doug Burgum grew up in Arthur, North Dakota and graduated from North Dakota State University.  Doug literally bet the family farm on a software startup company that hired thousands of North Dakotans from over 220 North Dakota communities.  Doug is a business leader and political outsider who will bring new ideas and a fresh perspective that will transform North Dakota’s economy for the future.

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Team Doug Weekly Round-Up: August 26

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This week, Doug Burgum agreed to three debates, was on the radio, and participated in a debate in Bismarck. Meanwhile, Lt. Governor candidate Brent Sanford spoke at the UAS Summit in Grand Forks, and gave remarks about accessibility to clean water at the North Dakota Legislative Management meeting in Watford City as well.

Bottom line, it was another successful week for the Burgum Sanford campaign.  Below is a quick recap along with a preview of what’s in store for next week.

– Team Doug

Driving The News … 

The Associated Press reported on the three debates for North Dakota’s gubernatorial race.  Two men vying to be North Dakota’s next governor will participate in three debates before Election Day. Republican Doug Burgum and Democrat Marvin Nelson will debate Thursday in Bismarck, Oct. 3 also at the state’s capital and Oct. 10 in Fargo. Prairie Public Television will air the Oct. 10 debate two days later. Burgum, a former Microsoft executive, in a statement on Monday said the debates will allow voters to learn about how the state can move “forward in the 21st century.”

In their first debate, Doug addressed how we can build a new economy for North Dakota.  As KVRR-TV reports:  The state’s economy was front and center in the first gubernatorial debate of the election season. Republican Doug Burgum, Democrat Marvin Nelson and Libertarian Marty Riske took the stage in Bismarck. … [Burgum said,] one of his top priorities is diversifying the economy. He says red tape is stifling innovation in the state. Burgum says, “If someone can go online and create an LLC in Minnesota in a half an hour online. It takes weeks in North Dakota. We have to streamline some of that.”

Valley News Live reports that at the debate, Doug stressed that he wants to make North Dakota more efficient.  North Dakota’s three candidates for governor shared the stage Thursday for the first time.  The ND Gubernatorial Forum gave Republican candidate Doug Burgum, Democratic candidate Marvin Nelson and Libertarian Martin Riske a chance to share their ideas for how make the state a better place.  Burgum says he wants to make state government more efficient.

The Bismarck Tribune reported that Doug outlined his optimistic vision that addressed mental health issues in North Dakota.  Burgum took a more optimistic tone despite lamenting dozens of overdoses and several deaths in the Fargo area in recent months. He acknowledged that the problem will take a coalition effort and willpower to achieve results. “This is not something the state can solve itself,” Burgum said. Burgum said it will require input from law enforcement, faith-based organizations and community leaders.

Doug also said that if elected he will pushback on the federal government’s job-killing regulations that are hampering North Dakota’s economy. As theFargo Forum reports:  Burgum said he sees pushing back on the federal government on regulations hampering the state’s oil, coal and agriculture industries as “an important job as governor.”

Highlights From The Debate …

Doug On Diversifying North Dakota’s Economy …
We’ve got to become more technologically savvy in agriculture, energy, healthcare & education

Doug’s Priorities For North Dakota …
Balance the budget without raising taxes, reinvent government, treat taxpayers like customers and diversify our economy

North Dakota GOP Chairman Kelly Armstrong Says Doug Won The First Debate …

Social Media Recap …

Upcoming Events …

Tomorrow, Doug will be tailgating before the North Dakota State University’s game that starts at 6:30 PM.  

Additionally he will embark on a Western North Dakota tour with Brent Sanford. The tour includes a visit to Dickinson on September 1 at 5:30 PM. Additionally, on Friday, September 2, Doug will attend a breakfast in Richardton at 8:30 AM and wrap up his tour by attending the high school football game between Linton and South Border.