Dwight Grotberg on Principles & Values


First time candidate but involved politically for 16 years

Q: What made you decide to run for the Senate?

A: I have been thinking about it for 16 years. Kent Conrad came to speak at my economics class at NDSU. I began envisioning how a Republican could do a better job of representing North Dakota since then.

Q: What has been your involvement in politics in the past?

A: I have been a township board officer, and have been active in the party supporting candidates and developing ideas and strategies. This is the first time I am seeking office.

Source: SayAnythingBlog.com, interview with Dwight Grotberg Mar 31, 2006

Seniority is not always the best indicator for support

Q: Why should Kent Conrad be voted out of office?

A: Because Dwight Grotberg can do more for North Dakota in terms of solid national support coupled with tax cuts and growth incentives.

Q: What about the seniority issue?

A: The Senator is losing support for his disaster supplemental bills, and Congress needs a fresh vision of North Dakota. I will fight to get on the committees important to our state. Seniority is not always the best indicator in choosing our officials.

Source: SayAnythingBlog.com, interview with Dwight Grotberg Mar 31, 2006

Compares running against Conrad to US Olympic hockey team

Dwight Grotberg began his bid for the state GOP endorsement on Friday, comparing the task of running against Conrad with the U.S. Olympic hockey team's memorable victory against the heavily favored Soviet Union during the 1980 games. The U.S. team's coach, Herb Brooks, was told that beating the Soviets was a lofty goal. Grotberg said he remembered Brooks' reply: "That is why I want to pursue it."
Source: By Dale Wetzel, Associated Press, in Times Online Mar 27, 2006

Farmer in Barnes County; serves on Township board

Grotberg, 39, grew up in rural Barnes County and farms near Sanborn, which is west of Valley City. He grows wheat, corn, soybeans, sunflowers and dry peas, and serves on the Anderson Township board.
Source: By Dale Wetzel, Associated Press, in Times Online Mar 27, 2006

Worked as a missionary in New Zealand

Grotberg graduated from Bethany School of Missions of Bloomington, Minn., in 1988. The school trains Christian missionaries to work overseas, and Grotberg worked in New Zealand before returning to the U.S.
Source: By Dale Wetzel, Associated Press, in Times Online Mar 27, 2006

Running with little money against most popular senator in US

Grotberg says he won`t have a lot of campaign money, but is looking to find voters in other ways. Grotberg says, "I want to build relationships, you know I want to get out and talk to people, shake hands and build trust."

If Grotberg is nominated at the Republican State Convention next weekend, he will run against Senator Kent Conrad. A poll out today by SurveyUSA names Conrad as the most popular senator in the country.

Source: Brandi Powell, KFYR-TV Mar 24, 2006

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