ND Legislator Bette Grande Is Almost Certainly Running For House

PlainsDaiy.com reported back in early August that state Rep. Bette Grande was seriously considering a run for North Dakota’s open US House seat (incumbent Rick Berg is seeking the state’s open Senate seat).

There’s still no official announcement, but unofficially many expect her to run and indeed there’s online evidence that she’s readying herself for a campaign.

The domain name BetteGrande.com has been registered with registrar GoDaddy.com as of August 23rd of this year. Whoever registered it is using a proxy, but another domain BetteGrandeForHouse.com (which Rep. Grande used for her state House campaign) is registered to her husband Don Grande and was last updated on September 1st of this year despite not expiring until 2012.

My guess is that Rep. Grande will get into the race some time later this month.

Currently only Republican Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk is in the House race, though has so far put up lackluster fundraising numbers and doesn’t seem to be garnering a whole lot of enthusiasm for his ran.

Democrats have yet to put forward an official candidate.

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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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kenneth-Lucier/100002502054178 Kenneth Lucier

    Bette would make a fine Congressperson. Hope she gives it a go.

  • Spartacus

    No dog in that fight, but isn’t almost running for house a bit like Sarah Palin for President in ’12 or being a just little bit pregnant? Either you are or aren’t? Liberals are jumpy enough why jump the gun?… Just asking…

  • Steveengen

    Yep, great candidate.  Subscribes to the 4-city theory for North Dakota.  Hope you like Fargo, Bismarck, Minot, or Grand Forks.  If you don’t, Grande doesn’t give a s#it about you.

  • Rick Olson

    The problem is that outside of Fargo and Cass County, nobody knows Bette Grande even exists. She represents Fargo’s 41st Legislative District in the state House of Representatives.  The other House member from District 41 is none other than Al Carlson, the state House majority leader.

    However, the race for the U.S. House endorsement is wide open in both the Democratic-NPL and Republican parties; given the fact that Republican incumbent Congressman Rick Berg announced earlier this year that he’s giving up his House seat after only one term and will be seeking his party’s endorsement for the U.S. Seante seat being vacated by longtime Democratic Sen. Gaylord “Kent” Conrad.

    In essence, this puts the House seat most certainly up for grabs in that there will be no incumbent.  So, I suppose Grande could fill the position just as good as anyone.  She would be joining first term Rep. Kristi Noem from South Dakota in the fishbowl of the U.S. House. 

    Whoever eventually does win the seat in the general election in Nov. 2012 will become a little fish in a very big pond. 

  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    The next time you interview her, Rob, ask her if she voted in favor of the legislation three years ago to entwine property taxes with income taxes which resulted in me paying more in state income taxes than federal income taxes.

  • Dallas

    Betty voted against children, state employees and colleges in the last session.  She has never distinguished herself and is regarded as an intellectual pygmy by even members of her own caucus.

    • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

      She voted against the slackers; that’s a ray of hope.

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