Taylor Officially Announces Bid for ND Governor | VideoBrian Howell | 12/12/2011
Senate Minority Leader Ryan Taylor has served in North Dakota`s state Senate since 2003. Last Legislative Session, Democratic colleagues chose him to serve as their leader. Now, the Towner Democrat has a higher office on his mind: the governor`s office.
Taylor said, "It`s not something that you do everyday, obviously, and you do it with a lot of forethought."
It`s a big task, but the rancher and writer says he`s up for it and there are many reasons he is running.
Taylor says North Dakota is changing, and the state needs a leader who will address all the needs of our citizens, while investing in a future that gives new generations a chance for a better life.
Another reason, Taylor says, is to bring more balance to state government. Dalrymple and the Republican super-majority in the Legislature have amassed a legislative record, which Taylor says is a vulnerability for Dalrymple.
A campaign spokesperson for Dalrymple says the governor is traveling Monday and is unavailable for an interview, but the spokesperson did release a statement, which says, Dalrymple welcomes Ryan Taylor to the race. They`ve known each other and worked together for many years now and the governor looks forward to next 11 months.
Taylor acknowledges it`s no easy task going up against a sitting governor, while the state enjoys good economic times, but Taylor says he`s up for the challenge.
"Just think about priorities and that`s what matters. I`m not in it to be against anyone or any party, but what is important to North Dakotans," added Taylor.
Following the holiday season, Taylor says he plans to embark on a multi-city tour of the state.