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Hendrickson to seek GOP endorsement for U.S. House

Another Republican has entered the crowded field of candidates seeking the GOP endorsement to run for North Dakota's lone spot on the U.S. House. Minot resident DuWayne Hendrickson announced Thursday that he will once again seek the endorsement a...

DuWayne Hendrickson

Another Republican has entered the crowded field of candidates seeking the GOP endorsement to run for North Dakota's lone spot on the U.S. House.

Minot resident DuWayne Hendrickson announced Thursday that he will once again seek the endorsement at the Republican state convention in Bismarck, which will be held in March.

He is the sixth Republican candidate to announce plans to run for the House.

Hendrickson will face competition at the convention from Republicans Shane Goettle, Bette Grande, Brian Kalk and Kim Koppelman. GOP House candidate Kevin Cramer announced Thursday that he will skip the convention and instead run for the party's nomination during the primary elections in June.

Hendrickson was among four candidates running for the GOP endorsement in 2010, which ultimately went to Rick Berg. Berg won his first term in the House that November, but his spot is open because he is running for retiring Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad's Senate seat.

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In a written statement, Hendrickson said politicians "have done everything to help themselves, and very little to help the American citizens," since 2010.

"These congressmen are setting us up for failure, and our words are not being listened to in D.C.," he wrote. "I plan on changing that ideology when I am your next congressman."

If elected, Hendrickson said he would focus on reducing the size of government and dealing with the nation's rising debt and deficits. Other top priorities include addressing border security and illegal immigration, implementing term limits, reforming campaign finance and abolishing the Electoral College.

Hendrickson has lived in Minot for 34 years and previously lived in Bismarck. He and his wife, Joann, have four sons and eight grandchildren

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