Citing ‘extremism’, Western North Dakota’s Lone Democratic Lawmaker May Not Run for Re-Election

MINOT, N.D. — Sen. Erin Oban of District 35 holds a unique position in North Dakota politics.

She’s the only Democrat elected to public office in an area that can plausibly be described as “western” North Dakota. Which, in turn, means she’s one of the few Democrats in the state who has figured out how to get elected in a district that’s not an enclave for a college campus or Native American reservation.

But she may not run for re-election.

“That’s a possibility, yes,” she told me when I asked if she might give up her seat in the 2022 election. “I’m trying to remind myself not to make a final decision when I’m really frustrated.”

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Rob Port is the editor of, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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