Long Time Lawmaker Eliot Glassheim Expected To Be Drafted By Democrats For US Senate


Eliot Glassheim thanks the crowd for celebrating his achievements on Saturday, May 02, 2015, at the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks, N.D. (Logan Werlinger/Grand Forks Herald)

I’m in Fargo watching the NDGOP convention – watching Senator John Hoeven accept his party’s endorsement, ironically enough -but word from my sources on the floor at the Democratic convention in Bismarck is that they’re drafting a candidate for the Senate.

The candidate is long-time lawmaker Eliot Glassheim who declined to run for another term in District 18 (Grand Forks) this cycle.

“It’s not a futile effort, and he’ll be endorsed at some point today,” my source tells me.

It’s a surprising pick to me. Glassheim has missed a significant amount of time in the Legislature in recent years due to ill health.

Also, Democrats were supposed to be amid a youth movement, and while Glassheim is widely respected among both Democrats and Republicans, he’s not young.

UPDATE: KFYR confirms.

UPDATE: According to Mike Nowatzki, Democrats will also have candidates for Public Service Commisisoner and Auditor.