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Port: Fargo-area lawmaker announces campaign for treasurer

Rep. Thomas Beadle, R-Fargo during floor debate Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at the state Capitol in Bismarck. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune
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MINOT, N.D. — Back in early December I mentioned that state Rep. Tom Beadle, a Republican from Fargo, was rumored in political circles to be considering a run for state treasurer.

Longtime incumbent Kelly Schmidt, also a Republican, has opted not to run for another term, and that decision has left an opening. State Rep. Daniel Johnston, a Republican from Kathryn, has already made a ( somewhat rocky ) entry into the race. Now Beadle has joined as well.

“I’ve received a lot of calls from friends, family and fellow lawmakers over the last few weeks urging me to give this office some consideration. I believe we have a great opportunity to bring a focus to accountability and transparency across state government and make sure that the Treasurer’s office is situated to best serve our citizens, and that is why I’m getting into this race,” Beadle said in a press release (read it in full below). “The State Treasurer’s office may be the smallest agency in North Dakota, but it is still significant. I hope to make citizens more aware of how our money is being spent and how our major reserve funds are invested.”

The press release also mentions Beadle receiving the "blessing" of his grandfather, former House Majority Leader Earl Strinden.

“My colleagues know me as someone who always wants to dig in more to the data and evidence. I’m ready to do the research into our state’s finances and investments and ensure we’re not taking anything for granted. The Treasurer oversees taxpayer money, and we need to make sure it is being cared for properly,” Beadle continued in the press release.


He's served in the state House since 2010 and is currently a member of that chamber's appropriations committee, which means he's definitely familiar with state finances.

As I write this, only Beadle and Johnston have announced campaigns for treasurer. No Democrats have announced for the race, although I am hearing that former Grand Forks-area lawmaker Connie Triplett is considering a run.

Delegates to the NDGOP's state convention in late March will endorse a candidate, though the actual nominations for each party's candidates will be decided on the June ballot. Candidates who fail to receive the endorsement of the convention can still place themselves on the June ballot by collecting signatures, which has been a successful strategy for some Republican candidates in recent cycles, namely Gov. Doug Burgum and Sen. Kevin Cramer.

Here's Beadle's full press release:

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Opinion by Rob Port
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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