Emineth announces run for Senate

BISMARCK, N.D. - Former state Republican Party chairman Gary Emineth is making a run for the U.S. Senate.

Emineth says when Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., announced he would not run for the seat, he decided it was time to throw his hat in the ring. He joins Sen. Tom Campbell, R-Grafton, as two Republicans who've announced they're seeking the seat. The winner will take on Democratic incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., in November.

Emineth says he believes that Heitkamp isn't representing North Dakota's interests, and believes she's wrong on issues like the tax bill, immigration and her pro-choice stance.

"I just felt there needed to be another alternative candidate on the Republican side,” said Emineth. “I'm a conservative, small business guy, grew up in Washburn, North Dakota, so this is home, and it just seemed like it was the right time."

Emineth says he'll be heading to the Republican convention in April looking for the party's endorsement before the primary.