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Oversen reelected to Democratic-NPL Chair

The North Dakota Democratic-NPL Saturday elected new officers to lead the party for the next two years. Kylie Oversen was reelected as party chairperson, on the first ballot with 60 out of 110 total votes. Oversen was one of five candidates for t...

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The North Dakota Democratic-NPL Saturday elected new officers to lead the party for the next two years.

Kylie Oversen was reelected as party chairperson, on the first ballot with 60 out of 110 total votes. Oversen was one of five candidates for the position.

“The amazing participation at today’s meeting is a clear sign that we, the Democratic-Nonpartisan League, are fired up and committed to fighting for the issues that matter to working families and citizens across our state,” Oversen said in a statement released by the North Dakota Democratic-NPL.

Oversen lost her seat in the House last election for District 42 to Republican challenger Emily O’Brien, in an election in which the party lost both House seats in the district.

Addressing the outcomes of the election, Oversen said the party has a renewed vigor as a result.

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“What we’ve seen since then is remarkable energy, renewed dedication, and countless grassroots supporters,” Oversen said.

In Saturday’s party election, Oversen ran against Casey Buchmann, JoNell Bakke, Ruth Buffalo and CT Marhula.

Buffalo was voted in as party secretary.

Marhula, who ran on a platform of a challenge against the status quo and an appeal to a broader base, said Sunday he supports the party’s decision.

“I’m going to continue to support the path forward the party leaders choose,” Marhula said.

When Oversen ran the first time two years ago, she ran unopposed.

Daniel Tick, communications director for the state party, said the reorganization meeting drew a larger crowd than is usually seen.

“We were very surprised to see five candidates” for the chair position, Tick said.

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Tick said the interest was a result of a lot of enthusiasm and energy in the party right now.

He attributed the vigor to the last election, when the party saw disappointing election outcomes across the state and nation for Democratic candidates.

C.T. Marhula, co-chair of the Community Center Campus Concept library group, speaks on Tuesday, Dec. 13, to the Grand Forks Herald Editorial Board. (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)
C.T. Marhula

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