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Greg Hodur, Published November 26 2012

Letter: ND Dems’ future is bright

After responding to a response by a Forum reporter for an interview a couple of days after the election, I found it curious nothing I said for attribution was included in the article The Forum printed on the your front-page article on Veterans Day that the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party is struggling for answers to the election outcome.

What makes it strange, the Forum’s editorial of Friday, Nov. 9, “Is Political Landscape Changing?” seems almost a direct rebuttal to everything I told your reporter.

To be clear, I tried to articulate that I believe the election of Heidi Heitkamp to the U.S. Senate is a game-changer politically in North Dakota, and everybody with any political sense knows that.

I also said I believe our base in the Red River Valley is strong, energized and eager to build on our success in electing Democrats in new and “gerrymandered” safe Republican districts.

I did not deny obvious concerns about the facts that we were shut out of statewide offices, oil tycoons supported Republicans and will continue to do so in future election cycles, and that we have to do a better job attracting voters out west.

But, to remove any ambiguity on The Forum’s part, please know I am glad to be me and not Stan Stein.

Momentum and history are on the side of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party.

We will continue to do what we did successfully this past election cycle: listen to voters, raise issues they are concerned about, and propose fiscally responsible solutions only a well-run and engaged state government can provide.

We will continue to build our grassroots organization that simply outworked our opponents and gained us national attention within our own party

We will not ignore any area of the state, we will include all of our citizens when it comes to making their concerns our own, and we will never stop fighting to ensure that every North Dakotan who gets up in the morning, goes to work every day, wants a better future for their children and a secure retirement for themselves has a voice in Washington, D.C., and Bismarck.

Hodur is chairman of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party.