Plain Talk: Who would want to run for office right now?

On this episode of the Plain Talk podcast, two candidates for the Legislature in North Dakota talk about their decision to run for office in these very divided, very acrimonious times.
The North Dakota House of Represntatives on Thursday, April 27, 2017.
Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

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We all know how divided we are as a country. Politics has always been an ugly business, but it's perhaps uglier right now than any time in recent memory.

Given that, who would want to run for public office, and expose themselves to the brutal acrimony of an increasingly uncivil process?

On this episode of Plain Talk, I spoke with two candidates for the North Dakota Legislature about that very topic.

Mike Motschenbacher is running for the state House in District 47 in the Bismarck area. Mason Wede is running for the state Senate in District 29. They're both Republicans, and both say that, as bad as things are, it's a job somebody has to do.


Our state, and our communities, has challenges. There are budgets that must be written. And if principled grownups aren't willing to do those jobs, who will?

Rob Port is a news reporter, columnist, and podcast host for the Forum News Service. He has an extensive background in investigations and public records. He has covered political events in North Dakota and the upper Midwest for two decades. Reach him at Click here to subscribe to his Plain Talk podcast.
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