Paul Schaffner announces bid for ND US Senate seat

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Paul Schaffner has announced his intention to seek the GOP nomination to run against incumbent Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.

After being found guilty of soliciting a prostitute in November of 2017, 47-year-old Schaffner says he's seeking the GOP nomination.

Schaffner was arrested in June last year by Bismarck Police. His case is on appeal to the supreme court.

Schaffner is originally from Wisconsin and moved to North Dakota 30 years ago. He is a former teacher and now works in the oil and gas industry.

He says he wants to improve infrastructure and also allow states to be the decision-makers when it comes to oil and gas regulations.

"I might be the only politician in American that is motivated by his own failure. It's selfish, it sounds selfish, but I really do want to help. I want to lead, and I believe I have those skill sets," said Schaffner.

Schaffner will face off against former GOP chairman Gary Emineth and State Senator Tom Campbell.