It’s over, the votes are in, and we North Dakotans have spoken. Before going into the results, just think about the fact that you voted. You had the opportunity to directly elect federal and state candidates to office, vote on important ballot measures, and make your voice heard on local issues. It’s a privilege that billions of people around the world do not have. Let’s thank the Lord for the privilege to guide our country through this democratic process.
The following table summarizes results of North Dakota’s key federal and state races, as well as the two state-wide ballot measures on which we took a position.
As you can see, of the eight candidates Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota endorsed, seven won their races. That represents 88% — fabulous results by any measure. While all the races were important, we are thrilled that Kevin Cramer and Kelly Armstrong were elected to represent North Dakota in Washington. Your biblical values will now be represented in the highest legislative body in the land by all our state’s senators and representatives!
In addition to the two federal races, there were many other candidates who, while not explicitly endorsed by us, are God-fearing men and women and were elected into leadership positions. However, Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota didn’t get these men and women elected, you did that. We simply did the research and made recommendations to help identify candidates that held biblical values consistent with yours.
As the legislative session begins, it will be all about integrating faith into public policy for these successful candidates. This is precisely why we have our Statesmen Academy – to help train legislators in how to best accomplish this task. Michelle Strinden, a graduate of our Statesmen Academy, won her race, and we hope to have many more North Dakota statesmen in the legislature over the coming years.
Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota will now shift our focus to the upcoming 2019 legislative session. There are going to be good and bad bills for families introduced into the legislature. We are committed to fight for your deeply held beliefs on all of these bills!
Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota and our allies will also be working on bills that further protect and advance your biblical values. We will pro-actively find bill sponsors in the legislature who will introduce and shepherd these bills, and we will work with Senators and Representatives on both sides of the aisle to get these bills signed into law.
As with the election, we will need your help accomplishing all this. You can help us in many ways.
- Pray: We need your prayers to sustain our work and the work of legislators who will often come under attack for standing firm on biblical values.
- Train Statesmen: We need your support for our Statesmen Academy, so that we can continue to train and inspire legislators to speak and act boldly on their faith. If you want to help us train more statesmen in North Dakota, you can go here to contribute to this amazing program.
- Financially Support our Work: We particularly need your generous support to fund our activities during the legislative session. It is an enormous amount of work to analyze 1,000+ bills, identify those that most impact biblical values, strategize how best to act on each bill, coordinate with legislators, keep you notified on the most recent happenings with each bill, and ask for your active participation acting on these bills (e.g., our Action Alerts). Please prayerfully consider helping underwrite our work and support our legislative efforts on behalf of your values [Support Biblical Values]. Remember, donations up to $5,200 will be matched dollar-for-dollar from now until the end of this calendar year, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to “give twice”.
Thank you again for voting on Tuesday. This election was a shining example of how Christians in North Dakota can make a difference for pro-life and pro-family biblical values!
President and Executive Director
PS. Family Policy Alliance invests heavily in North Dakota—for the 2018 election, but also year round. This is because we believe in North Dakota, and we are committed to restoring a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. That vision starts in the states—it starts in North Dakota. We are honored to put our full support behind Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota because we know that is what it takes to achieve a big vision—it takes leaders on the ground who live and work in North Dakota, partnering with pastors and churches, Christian business leaders, pro-family elected leaders, families, and you.
While elections are important, we are committed to seeing God’s people “stand firm and take action” (Daniel 11:32) in North Dakota every day—not just for any single election. May God bless you and your family, and know that we are a movement of states working together nationally, standing with and supporting you in North Dakota.
Standing with you,
Paul Weber, President & CEO
Family Policy Alliance