Former ND Secretary of State candidate seeking GOP nomination for governor

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Michael Coachman ran for Secretary of State in 2018 on a platform centered around the U.S. and state constitutions. He came in third with 13 percent of the vote. Now he’s trying again, this time asking the GOP to nominate him for governor.

Coachman says his platform is very similar to before. Coachman says the Constitution should “be the trademark of the office of the governor.” He also says the people need to be put at the top of the pyramid, instead of the bottom.

“What I want to do as governor is put it right and turn it around- that we as a government are to serve the people, not the people serve the government,” Coachman said in phone interview on Friday. “If this is a constitutional thing, I will back you. I want to raise up leaders. I want to let people have a voice. I want people to not be stymied. I think that's one of the biggest issues.”

Governor Doug Burgum, R-N.D, hasn’t officially announced whether he would seek a second term. Burgum and Lt. Governor Brent Sanford grabbed 76 percent of the vote in 2016. A July survey from Morning Consult comparing the popularity of governors from all 50 states, showed Burgum was tied for fifth with a 59 percent approval rating.