Meet the Candidates up for election in District 10

The following are candidates up for election for District 10 positions of Representatives and Senator at the North Dakota State Legislature. District 10 Representatives Chuck Damschen and David Monson are seeking re-election.

Posted on 6/4/16

By Melissa Anderson

Representative Candidates

Damschen, Chuck

Chuck Damschen (R) – Damschen is a lifelong citizen of Cavalier County, District 10, and North Dakota. He has lived on the family farm all of his life and operated it for nearly 40 years. He along with his wife, Alice, have three grown children, Naomi, Charlie and Gabrielle.

Why did you decide to run for re-election as the District 10 Representative?

“First of all it has been an honor and privilege to serve as a District 10 Representative and I feel extremely honored to be elected to this position. Furthermore, I am seeking re-election because I believe my experience and leadership positions in the ND Legislature are beneficial to the citizens of District 10 and all of ND.”

“Experience and understanding of the budget process will be important as the next session will require significant spending reductions. There will undoubtedly be a number of significant policy issues that will be debated.”

What do you hope to accomplish during your term if re-elected?

“I want to remain aware of the needs of the people of District 10 and ND and see that those needs are met to the best of our ability in the Legislature. I believe we need to continue funding for infrastructure and education while continuing to provide property tax subsidies and attempting to construct positive property tax reform.”

“I also believe we need to pass laws that protect people, business and religion from special interest groups. Ensuring that our schools have quality, locally approved curriculum in K-12 schools across the state and getting the state back in control of our educational system is a must. As always, I will continue to defend life at every stage of development.”

Elsie Magnus

Elsie Magnus (D)- Magnus along with husband, R Bruce, have three children and five grandchildren. She is a retired music educator and is an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church.

Why did you decide to run for election as the District 10 Representative?

“I have passion for so many issues, but most especially am inspired by the issue of equality and discrimination.”

Some issues that Magnus would focus on if elected include: women’s issues; anti-discrimination statutes; educational issues from pre-K on up, keeping North Dakota public schools at the top of the nation’s educational systems and providing good affordable college education; ambulance and EMT training; human services; better budget management and government spending while still funding infrastructure to provide safe, reliable county services.

What do you hope to accomplish during your term if elected?

“I am wise enough to know that stepping into a seat in state government is a whole new learning process. I have never been afraid to jump in and go to work, and I hope to make a difference in the rural voices in Bismarck. I am a female Democrat from a rural district, that in itself will even things out at the capital. A political super majority is never going to lead to bipartisan efforts, and I believe my work ethic and willingness to listen and work across the aisle is my best asset.”

d monson

Dave Monson (R)– Monson was born in Langdon and grew up on the family farm near Osnabrock. Monson along with wife, Mary, has spent the majority of his life in Cavalier County as an educator and school administrator. Monson has also been active in the farming community. Monson has three sons, and five grandchildren.

Why did you decide to run for re-election as the District 10 Representative?

“There are a number of reasons, but first and foremost, with our ND economy the way it is and our projected revenue shortfalls, this is not a good time to have inexperienced people representing District 10 in Bismarck. It takes years to get the experience and gain the trust of the other legislators in order to get your bills passed. It takes years to attain leadership roles and become a committee chairman, especially on the House Appropriations Committee. Since I have attained that level of seniority and experience, I believe I can be the most effective voice for District 10 in Bismarck.”

What do you hope to accomplish during your term if re-elected?

“I will most likely be on the House Appropriations Committee again, hopefully as chairman of the Education and Environment section. That committee is assigned numerous budgets very important to District 10 and the entire region. Most budgets (not K-12 education or Human Services) will start off with a 14% cut from the 2015-17 budget due to the allotment and the 90% budget target as set forth by Governor Dalrymple. Making sure we meet the needs of the citizens of ND while making more efficient budgets will be our big challenge in 2017. And, we’ll do it without a tax increase if I have my way.”

Daryl Passa

Daryl Passa (D)– Passa along with wife, Kate are the proud grandparents of 12. A lifelong member of the Drayton community, Passa has farmed for 24 years, owned and operated a trucking company and a custom harvesting business, and worked in other areas of the agriculture industry.

Why did you decide to run or office of District 10 Representative?

“I am running for a seat in the ND House of Representatives because some serious issues are being ignored by our current representation. Families are struggling without adequate Family and Medical Leave. When looking at caring for a sick or elderly family member or a new baby, many families can see no way to do it without losing a steady paycheck. Many families are calling for better options. I hear their voices.”

What do you hope to accomplish during your term if elected?

“When elected I look to achieve significant progress in family protection and support issues. These include enhanced family and medical leave, equal pay for equal work, childcare funding support, along with proper funding of pre-K-12 education. These are not just women’s issues anymore. These are men’s issues too. These are North Dakota’s values.“

Senator Candidates

Myrdal, Jane

Janne Myrdal (R)– Myrdal, originally from Norway, is a naturalized citizen of the United States. She is married with three children and has spent her life working on her family’s farm and being active in her community.

Why did you decide to run or office of District 10 Senator?

“I’m motivated to run for the District 10 Senate seat in order to assure our children have a bright and secure future in North Dakota.  Our state needs a conservative course correction, – knowing when to tighten our belt, safeguard the future and yet responsibly provide for current needs. We must have leadership that understand the cyclical nature of our commodity based economy. I will provide consistent, proven and experienced leadership built on conservative principles and extensive legislative experience from an outside common sense perspective.”

What do you hope to accomplish during your term if elected?

“If I am honored to be elected as your Senator I will work to protect and grow our innovative and diverse agricutlural industry, bring a conservative voice to assure sustainable spending, improve local control of K-12 Education. We must produce lifelong learners, and champion the talents and gifts in each child. Consistently vote pro-life and bring unwavering protection of First and Second Amendment rights.”

Quentin Wenzel

Quentin Wenzel (D) – Wenzel has lived in District 10 for the majority of his life. Born and raised in Langdon, he attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where he double majored in Business Finance and Political Science and continued his education at the University of North Dakota School of Law receiving his law degree. Wenzel returned to Langdon shortly after he was admitted to the North Dakota State Bar and began working with Cameron Sillers in April 2013 and became a partner in 2015.

Why did you decide to run or office of District 10 Senator?

“The primary reason that I decided to run for Senate in District 10 is that I feel that the current members of our state legislature have failed the citizens of our state. The current budget crisis that our state is in is evidence of this. The current budgetary issues were foreseeable but unfortunately, instead of addressing this, our Republican lead legislature was doing things like cutting oil extraction taxes and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars attempting to challenge a personhood/abortion bill to the United States Supreme Court.”

“We don’t need someone who only cares about one social issue, in our state legislature, we need leaders who will prioritize spending and keep our communities safe and strong under the current limitations imposed by our state budget. If elected, that is exactly what I will do.”

What do you hope to accomplish during your term if elected?

“One main thing that is of critical importance to me, I feel that there is a lack of accountability among the majority of our current state legislators. I plan to bring accountability back to the position of being a state legislator.

“I feel that our current Republican lead legislature was so busy patting themselves on the back for our previously robust state economy that they failed to foresee and plan for the inevitable drop in oil prices which has largely lead to our state’s current deficit. This is unacceptable and I will bring a tireless work effort to Bismarck and I will continue to represent the needs of the residents of our district and our state, regardless of the circumstances. I will provide the residents of District 10 a voice that they can be proud of and voice that they can trust in Bismarck.”

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