Skip to main contentSkip to main content
You are the owner of this article.
You have permission to edit this article.

Becker, Mund, Tuttle qualify for North Dakota November ballot as independents

  • 0

Becker, Mund, Tuttle

North Dakota voters this fall will decide whether their two-term congressman or the first North Dakotan to win the Miss America title will hold the state's only seat in the U.S. House.

Cara Mund, of Bismarck, qualified Friday for the ballot as an independent for the race. The recent Harvard Law School graduate will face U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., who has held the seat since 2019.

Democratic-NPL nominee Mark Haugen suspended his campaign Sunday, citing pressure from party leaders related to Mund's bid. Armstrong and Haugen oppose abortion; Mund has cited abortion rights as one reason she is running. Armstrong and Mund debated Wednesday on Forum News Service columnist Rob Port's Plain Talk podcast

People seeking to make the November general election ballot as an independent candidate had to submit petition signatures by this past Tuesday, and have them verified.

State Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, has qualified as an independent for the U.S. Senate race. He is challenging two-term Republican incumbent John Hoeven.

Democrat Katrina Christiansen, a University of Jamestown engineering professor, also is challenging Hoeven.

Frequent ballot measure petition circulator and past statewide candidate Charles Tuttle, of Minot, has qualified for the secretary of state race.

He will face Republican nominee and state Rep. Michael Howe, of West Fargo, and Democrat Jeffrey Powell, of Grand Forks. Longtime incumbent Al Jaeger is not running. 

The state crime bureau last month took 15 time cards from Tuttle's home as part of a warranted search in connection with an investigation into alleged pay-per-signature bonuses given to petition circulators for a term limits ballot measure.

State law bans pay-per-signature. Tuttle denies paying bonuses.

State Elections Specialist Lee Ann Oliver said each candidate submitted at least 1,000 valid signatures from voters to make the ballot. 

Republicans control North Dakota's Legislature and hold all the state elected offices and congressional seats.

Absentee voting begins Sept. 29. 

Reach Jack Dura at 701-250-8225 or


* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

The Biden administration is proposing a new permitting program for wind energy turbines, power lines and other projects that kill bald and golden eagles. The move comes amid growing concern among scientists that a rapid expansion of renewable energy in the U.S. West that's now underway could harm golden eagle populations now teetering on decline. The Fish and Wildlife Service program announced Thursday is meant to encourage companies to work with officials to minimize the harm to golden and bald eagles. There are about 350,000 bald eagles but only 40,000 golden eagles, which need much larger areas to survive and are more inclined to have trouble with humans.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says that if re-elected she will uphold the state’s abortion ban that provides no exceptions for rape or incest. Her remarks came Friday during her reelection campaign’s lone debate with her Democratic challenger, state lawmaker Jamie Smith,  The Republican governor explained her position simply as “pro-life." She pledges to push for expanded parental leave in the state and alleviate the toll of inflation on people’s budgets. Smith called Noem’s stance extreme and said it was endangering women’s lives. He also said it was causing concern among physicians for its lack of clarity on when an abortion is allowed — only to save the life of a pregnant woman.

A trial has been set in a federal lawsuit brought by two Native American tribes that allege North Dakota’s new legislative map dilutes tribal members’ voting strength. The bench trial is scheduled for June 12, 2023. A bench trial means the verdict is up to the judge alone. The lawsuit filed in February by the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and the Spirit Lake Tribe alleges that the state’s new legislative map violates the Voting Rights Act. An attorney for the tribes says subpoenas seeking documents related to the case are being sent to about half of the 14-member GOP-led redistricting committee.

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.


News Alerts

Breaking News