ND Democrats name new executive director

Bismarck, ND—The North Dakota Democratic-NPL announced that Chad Oban will be the Executive Director of the Dem-NPL Party.

“Chad’s leadership, experience, and energy are a great addition to help lead our team, and we are thrilled to have him on board. As a native North Dakotan, he brings with him a lifetime of understanding and appreciation for what needs to be done here to continue the forward progress of the state party and also allows him to be ready to hit the ground running on day one,” Dem-NPL Chairman, Greg Hodur said.

Oban found his love for politics while campaigning with his late father, Bill, a state legislator from 1984 until 1998, and has worked in North Dakota politics for over 15 years. Oban has managed and worked on campaigns across the state, at all levels, including managing two campaigns for former North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner, Roger Johnson. In addition, Oban has spent part of his career serving the Dem-NPL in a number of capacities including as State Party Treasurer from 2009-2011 and was also the recipient of the first “New Generation North Dakota—Outstanding Achievement Award” in 2011.

For the past 8 years, Oban has worked as a government relations and political consultant, leading efforts on a variety of issues at the state and federal levels, as well as working on ballot measures. Most recently, Oban lead a diverse coalition of over 80 organizations opposing Measure 2 in June of 2012. His leadership and strategic expertise helped defeat Measure 2 with over 76% of the vote.

“North Dakota is my home, and I am honored to be entrusted with this responsibility and look forward to advancing the initiatives and priorities of the Democratic-NPL for the betterment of all North Dakotans,” said Oban.

Oban is a native of Bismarck, North Dakota, and a graduate of the University of North Dakota. He lives in Bismarck with his wife, Erin Hill-Oban.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Mike

    Unlike power-hungry politicians in Washington, Chad is not a “dig-your-heals-in” kind of guy. Though he is not in a position to negotiate with the other party, he is smart, sensitive and not an egomaniac. Congrats to Chad.