Accomplishments Matter

Six years ago to the day, November 6th, 2012 North Dakota voters hired Heidi Heitkamp to the Senate and Kevin Cramer to the House of Representatives. November 6th, 2018 those two candidates elected by many of the same voters will find out which one was hired to six more years of work on our behalf. When making their decision, voters should consider what each candidate has accomplished in their tenure. Accomplishments matter.

The campaign between these two nearly universally known candidates has been unique to North Dakota. Months of advertisements. Millions of dollars. National attention. High-profile endorsements.

Yet when it is all said and done, only one candidate has been able to lay out what they’ve accomplished while in federal office. While one candidate “bitterly” complained to White House officials begging for more political help, the other was invited to the White House for cosponsoring and passing legislative reform to banking rules. Accomplishment.

While one candidate led the fight against human trafficking, the other sent letters to media claiming they wanted a hearing on a perceived bias. One candidate dropped their media effort following that year’s election results since their media stunt no longer fit their political agenda. The other helped close down sites that allowed questionable behavior take place on their platform. Accomplishment.

One candidate received bipartisan praise for helping end the oil export ban. The other candidate ran campaign ads claiming responsibility even though the Chair of the committee they served on praised their opponent for actually getting the job done and helping North Dakota’s energy development. Accomplishment.

Two candidates serving the same length of time are asking for an extension on their contract with constituents. Voters should look at who can get the job done. Accomplishments matter. At the end of the day, Heidi Heitkamp has accomplishments.

Tyler Axness
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