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Sen. Erin Oban, D-Bismarck, announced her intentions Tuesday to seek re-election in 2018 to the North Dakota Senate in District 35. 

“At a time when our politics have become so divided, the relationships and respect I’ve worked to build with my colleagues of both parties is especially necessary in moving North Dakota forward,” Oban said. “The challenges and opportunities our state faces in the coming years will require thoughtful, open-minded and accessible leaders in elected office. I hope to continue to be that leader for my neighbors here in Bismarck.”

Oban, who was elected to the state Senate in 2014, has worked to recruit and retain teachers, worked to study and streamline the adoption process, helped pass legislation to increase access to speech and language therapies and to strengthen state employee family and sick leave policies. She also introduced an incentive for businesses that assist employees in accessing quality child care.

“My focus as a legislator has been and will continue to be on putting North Dakota children and families first,” said Oban, the sole Democrat in the state Legislature from Bismarck.

During her two legislative sessions, Oban served on the Education, Energy and Natural Resources and Agriculture committees. She was elected to the Legislative Management Committee and earned the chairmanship position of the Education Policy Committee during the 2017-18 interim session. She also serves during the interim on the Education Funding and Workers’ Compensation Review committees as well as the Initiated and Referred Measures Study Commission.