Stressing a strong theme of smaller government and reduction in federal spending, five North Dakota GOP congressional hopefuls spoke in front of a live audience of roughly 100 at VCSU’s Vangstad Auditorium Wednesday, Dec. 14.
The university provided the stage for an amicable forum among the Republican candidates for North Dakota’s lone U.S. House of Representatives seat. Sponsored by the District 24 Republicans, the event was the first, and possibly the only, public round table to feature all the contenders before a nominee is chosen at the state Republican Convention next spring.
Debating were: Shane Goettle, Kim Koppelman, Brian Kalk, Kevin Cramer and Bette Grande.
According to its organizers, the event was the first of its kind in Valley City. Ed Kuhlman, Wimbledon resident and chairman of the District 24 Republicans, was pleased with the public’s interest in the event.
“It turned out really well, we got a lot of good comments from the candidates and interest from the audience,” he said. “(The candidates) pretty much agree on everything, so it was just some different takes on how to accomplish different goals.”