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Your Senate Candidate for District 42

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Working with college students of all ages as an educator, I have seen firsthand how disparities and legislative decisions in the state impact my students, colleagues, neighbors, and all our families. I know we can do better for North Dakotans, and that is why I want to serve our citizens in the North Dakota Senate.

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Improve Health Care

Quality, affordable care for everyone

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Invest in Education

Inclusive, equitable learning for all students

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Fix Infrastructure

Safe, updated systems to meet local needs


Meet Melissa

I grew up on a multigenerational family farm near Velva in McHenry County. We worked hard, helped our neighbors, and finished tough jobs. That foundation carried me through my education, in places near and far, and I was proud to see that spirit alive and well when I returned to North Dakota to become the Norwegian professor at UND.

North Dakota has experienced dynamic changes since I moved back over a decade ago. Together we citizens have weathered the changes, but I believe some of our leaders have lost sight of the state's most valuable resource - our people. My decision to run for Senate in District 42 rests in the desire to lift up my community and to work on their behalf to shape a state that is responsive to our collective vulnerabilities. We need to build resilience for individuals and institutions in North Dakota.



North Dakota Rural Voters

National Association of Social Workers—North Dakota


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Be a Voter

Election Day is November 3. 

Mail-in ballots go out September 24.
Check with the ND Secretary of State to learn about 
voting by mail or in person.


A Strong Advocate and Voice for North Dakotans

Watch for updates from my campaign and political work.

Follow my running mates in Team D42 for the North Dakota House:

Adam Fortwengler 

Zachary Tomczik



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