First Serious Presidential Candidate From North Dakota
By Bob Small
Doug Burgum, second-term millionaire governor of North Dakota, has declared himself a GOP Candidate for President.
In his campaign website, he touts how he inherited a $1.7 billion state budget shortfall which he balanced by cutting spending. He’s a self-made millionaire who worked his way through college as a chimney sweep, etc.
The Stanford Graduate, from North Dakota State, (the same college as former Eagles QB Carson Wentz), sold his company, Eagle Great Plains Software, to Microsoft for a cool $1.1 billion. He began the software company by mortgaging $250,00 of inherited farmland.
He became Governor in 2016 and was re-elected in 2020, despite his ex-wife Karen Stoker campaigning for his opponent, Shelley Lenz
He grew up in Arthur, North Dakota, population 323,
He is among the top six candidates financially.
A New York Times article quotes conservative North Dakota commentator Dustin Gawrylow as saying Burgum “is genuinely thinking this is a vehicle for promoting North Dakota.”
For all of that, there is a great deal of hope for his candidacy.
He signed a bill requiring physicians to inform women that it may be possible to reverse a drug-induced abortion. For his other views, see these two websites.
According to https://ontheissues.org “he would not back a nationwide ban on abortions and that the issue is best left to the states”.