I'm running for the North Dakota House because I want to make North Dakota an even better place to live. For example, I will fight for safe and strong neighborhoods as our state wrestles with crime problems and a severe shortage of mental health and addiction care.
I'm also running because I don't feel represented in the Legislature. The votes of one of my lawmakers, Rep. Blair Thoreson, R-Fargo, often don't reflect the priorities and values of the people of District 44. North Fargo deserves better.
The June 14 election is the most recent example of how Thoreson is out of touch with his constituents. North Dakotans overwhelmingly rejected corporate farming. In District 44, 77 percent of voters said no. This corporate farming law was put on the books by Thoreson and Majority Leader Al Carlson's, R-Fargo, supermajority last year, but the June 14 vote by the people took it off the books.
In 2013, Thoreson and the Legislature advanced an extreme personhood measure that could have let the government interfere in private medical decisions like end-of- life care. The measure needed approval at the ballot in 2014 before it could be added to the constitution. In District 44, 73 percent of voters rejected it.
In 2008, 74 percent of District 44 voters said no to a measure cutting corporate income taxes. Since then, Thoreson cast several votes to reduce corporate taxes. Besides not being aligned with the voters, his actions haven't helped our current budget shortfall, resulting in slashes to desperately needed mental health and addiction services and cuts to long-term care funding at places like Rosewood on Broadway.
Instead of listening and responding to his constituents, Thoreson follows Al Carlson's orders to the supermajority. If elected, I'll listen to my neighbors, not Carlson.
Hanson is a candidate for North Dakota House of Representatives in District 44 (north Fargo).