Former State Rep. Ben Vig Not Running For CongressFARGO – A potential Democratic contender in North Dakota’s U.S. House race said today he has decided against a 2012 campaign.
By: Kristin M. Daum, Forum Communications
FARGO – A potential Democratic contender in North Dakota’s U.S. House race said today he has decided against a 2012 campaign.
Former state Rep. Ben Vig, of Sharon, N.D., said in a statement that “a congressional campaign at this time is not manageable on my part.”
The 28-year-old Vig had expressed interest in the House race in August – before any rumblings of any Democratic prospect had surfaced.
However, that all changed last week, when Pam Gulleson – a popular former legislator and former aide to Sen. Byron Dorgan – launched her own campaign for the House seat.
“Over the past several weeks, I have had several discussions with Democratic-NPLers across the state regarding the possibility of putting together a congressional campaign,” Vig said today. “Their advice, time and insight are immeasurable. … I appreciate the support and encouragement over the last several weeks, and find it very humbling to be even considered for such a race.”
“I know we will have several outstanding candidates in 2012, and plan to help them move into the 2012 election and beyond,” added Vig, who served in the state Legislature from 2006-2010.
Following the news of Gulleson’s candidacy, Vig told me last week he was still weighing his options – but his clear support for Gulleson’s bid seemed to indicate he wouldn’t challenge her. (Vig served with Gulleson during the 2007 legislative session, which was Gulleson’s last.)
“Not only are we friends but I think she has a great wealth of knowledge for working in the legislative branch,” Vig had said, calling her candidacy “exciting news for everybody.”
Vig’s decision against the campaign comes as no surprise, given Gulleson’s entrance into the House race. She appears the odds-on front-runner for the Democratic nomination at this point, since no one else has expressed interest from that party.
On the Republican side, Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk is the lone candidate to date, but several other conservatives are still mulling their own bids.