Williston, ND (KEYZ) After announcing his intention to run for the U.S. Senate as an Independent earlier this week, Republican Representative from Bismarck Rick Becker is officially on a signature gathering tour.  News Radio has learned he will visit areas of the Bakken today, Friday, August 19.

News Radio caught up with Becker who launched his tour Thursday with stops in Linton, Napoleon, Ashley and Jamestown, a "south central" loop.  Becker plans the following stops in the Bakken Friday:

  • Watford City
  • Williston - Davidson Park, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Tioga - Poor Decisions Bar, 4:30 p.m.
  • McGregor - Sons of Liberty Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

Becker tells News Radio interested parties are welcome at any and all locations and that he would be happy to answer questions.

"It's not all just hugs and love and kisses," said Becker.  "I have people asking me hard questions, and I actually enjoy that.  If anyone has questions or challenges or just wants to get to know me a little bit more, why I'm running, what it is that I would do differently than John Hoeven (which is a lot), I'm happy to have those discussions."

Becker will need to gather 1,000 signatures to have his name placed on the November ballot as an Independent candidate. If successful, he will compete against Democrat Katrina Christiansen, and incumbent Republican John Hoeven. Hoeven and Becker clashed at the Republican state party convention in April, where Hoeven won narrowly.

The deadline for signatures to be submitted to the North Dakota Secretary of State's Office is September 6.

Click here Rick Becker 081922 Pt. 1 and here Rick Becker Pt. 2 to listen to News Radio's complete interview with Representative Rick Becker.

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