Minot Republican to run for U.S. Senate, joins growing pool of candidates
MINOT -- A fourth Republican plans to challenge U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp for her seat.
Paul Schaffner of Minot said in a news release he will seek the GOP nomination for Senate. He plans to host a news conference Monday in Bismarck.
“As a blue-collar conservative, I look forward advancing policies, aiding ranchers, pipeline operators, floor hands on drilling rigs,equipment operators and so many other hard-working blue-collar professions,” he said in a statement.
Schaffner called himself and President Donald Trump “streetfighters,” adding the Senate “does not need another Rockefeller Republican.”
Schaffner joins a growing field of Republican candidates hoping to unseat Heitkamp in the November election. State Sen. Tom Campbell, R-Grafton, became the first candidate in the race when he announced in August. Gary Emineth, a former North Dakota Republican Party chairman, and Air Force veteran Thomas O’Neill of Niagara, N.D., both threw their hats in the race last month.
Heitkamp, a Democrat, faces a contender in her own party, Driscoll firefighter Dustin Peyer said he would seek the Democratic endorsement.
U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, a Republican, mulled about a Senate run but said in January he would seek re-election to his own seat. He told Forum News Service on Friday he is “mildly reconsidering” that decision.
Schaffner announced a U.S. House bid for the 2010 election but backed out of the race to eventually support Cramer.