MINOT, N.D. — When a candidate runs for federal office, one of the first things they have to do is file, with the FEC, what’s called an F2A form.
This is their statement of candidacy. It includes things like which office they’re running for, contact information for their campaign, the names of campaign officials like a treasurer or chairman, and their partisan affiliation.
The filing doesn’t typically get a lot of information because. It’s the sort of bureaucratic busywork that takes place in the background of a campaign.
Back in February, Rick Becker filed an F2A for his campaign for the U.S. Senate, identifying himself as a Republican.
At the time he was taking on incumbent Republican John Hoeven, challenging him for the endorsement of delegates at the North Dakota Republican Party’s state convention.