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Florida congressional candidate who went to MSUM brings campaign to Fargo

He said if elected he can indirectly represent like-minded people in North Dakota.

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Scotty Moore, candidate for Congress in Florida's 9th district, visits with supporters during a fundraising event at the Fargo Country Club on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
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FARGO — Scotty Moore is running for the U.S House in Florida, but he took his campaign to Fargo on Thursday night, Dec. 2.

About 80 people attended the first fundraiser of his candidacy at the Fargo Country Club, where he told the crowd about his viewpoints.

So what was the idea behind the Staples, Minnesota, native and graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead starting his fundraising effort here?

He said he has a lot of connections in the area through his job and family and that if he wins the primary and unseats the incumbent congressman in central Florida he would indirectly represent North Dakota.

"We would like to elect like-minded people all across the country," he said.

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He brands himself a "Trump Republican" and said he believes in the policies the former president stood for while in office.

Those include being pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-religious freedom and against tax increases and government mandates.

He said many people in this area believe in those same views, and he fits in with those here who identify with hard work and the hunting and fishing culture.

He and his wife spent two decades working for the Campus Crusade for Christ organization across the nation and the world, including in Brazil, where his wife was born and raised and where he spent six years. In recent years, he started a new career working for Isacar Solutions where he helps businesses as a consultant and coach in leadership development.

One of his coworkers, Tom McDougall of Mapleton, North Dakota, was among those attending the fundraiser.

He said he doesn't usually get involved in any out of state politics, but he has known Moore for a long time.

"His heart is in the right place and his ideas are good," McDougall said.

He supports Moore because he thinks Congress needs more people with business experience and who are "regular people" and not career politicians.

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As far as what Moore thinks of his chances in the crowded primary field of seven candidates so far, he has hired an experienced campaign strategist and is focusing on the primary voters at this time.

Moore faces a formidable candidate, too, if he survives the primary. His opponent in Florida's Ninth District would likely be three-term incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep Darren Soto, who was the first Floridian of Puerto Rican descent to serve in Congress.

Moore said Florida is still undergoing its redistricting effort, but he believes he will still end up in the same district. Florida, he said, was awarded another seat in Congress with the new census that reflected a booming population in the state.

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