Jodi Meisch and Will Thompson are two Democrats in North Dakota's 22nd legislative district.

They are hoping to unseat to Republican incumbents, Rep. Brandy Pyle and Rep. Michael Howe, who are just finishing their first term in office after fist being elected in 2016.

I'm not sure the last time District 22 sent a Democrat to Bismarck. The archive available on the state Legislature's website only has records going back to 1997, when former Gov. Jack Dalrymple served from that district.

On this episode of Plain Talk, Will and Jodi talk about the issues that are important to them, both big and small.

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We also delve into the complicated policy problems presented by property taxes and local control, as well as the difficulties inherent to campaigning as a Democrat in a state, and legislative district, that has come to view that political party suspiciously.

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