Meet the Democratic candidates: District 2 House Race

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WILLISTON, N.D. - This election, two Republicans and two Democrats are running for two seats in District Two in the North Dakota House of Representatives.

It's been a whirlwind few years for the region, and House Candidate Doug Hoffman believes the area could have had a stronger voice in Bismarck.

"We don't have real good representation in the northwest part of the state, especially during this oil boom when a lot of things are happening," says Hoffman.

And Hoffman doesn't agree with how the state government approached the oil extraction tax.

"One of the things is this oil extraction tax that was lowered kind of hurt the whole state in kind of trying to cover our bases. It's tough, and I don't know if it's something that's reversible or not, but it was a mistake," says Hoffman.

Joining Hoffman on the Ballot is Brandon Delvo. The army veteran says he wants to be able to compromise with Republicans.

"We haven't seen a lot of that from our current legislative officials put here in the state house where they're working to reach across the aisle with Democrats from the eastern part of the state and make sure that we're getting money back to Western North Dakota," says Delvo.

Both candidates also spoke about issues such as education, infrastructure and healthcare facing the area.

"We also need to remember our most vulnerable citizens. We have a behavioral, mental and addiction care situation here in Northwest North Dakota," says Delvo.

While District Two hasn't had a Democratic representative in a decade, Hoffman and Delvo think they can change that.

"It just depends if people are listening, I think. And Brandon Delvo who is running with me has done a lot of Facebook stuff talking about the issues. And I think if people are listening and pay attention to what the issues really are that I think we have a really good chance," says Hoffman.

"My opponents like to say they'd like to work for you. People already do that every day out here, be it the oil field or the farm and range. We don't just want to work for you, Doug and I, we want to fight for you," says Delvo.

Voters will decide Tuesday if they agree.

Delvo and Hoffman are running against Republicans Don Longmuir and Bert Anderson. Republican David Rust is running unopposed for the District Two Senate seat.