Meet the Candidate: Zach Raknerud (North Dakota)

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Candidate Name:

Zach Raknerud

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What office are you running for?

United States House of Representatives, North Dakota at-large

With which party are you running for office?


Election Date

November 3rd, 2020

Why are you running for office?

Because we are witness to a government, for the better part of a half century, that has completely left behind the needs of young and working people in this country. Large campaign contributors and independent expenditures from PACs have led to a Congress that puts the needs of the donor class first and foremost. We need young and working people across the country to step up and take back the power that rightfully belongs to us.

What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?

The costs of so many of life’s essentials are out of control. Healthcare, education, childcare and more are bleeding working families in North Dakota dry. We need a federal government that is responsive to these needs and that is prepared to make bold investments to help working families get a a leg up in this economy where the fruits are continually being concentrated at the very top.

How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?

By building a coalition of working people from all walks of life. By focusing on the economic realities of working families, we can help unite the American people around an agenda that puts their needs first and foremost at a time that we are drifting more and more toward oligarchy.

Who is your hero?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

What are your hobbies?

Playing guitar, drums and virtual reality gaming.

What is the most recent book you read?

Saving Capitalism by Robert Reich

Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?

Two dogs and a cat.

How can our readers get involved in your campaign?

By visiting our website, making a small donation to our campaign that is rejecting all corporate PAC money. Additionally, filling out the contact form for anyone who interested in making phone calls or knocking doors.

What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?

How do we enact real progressive change?
In my mind, the best way we do that is to unleash a broad coalition of working families that puts pressure on the current political establishment that has dominated the priorities in Washington D.C. By standing strong to our values, we can get real results.

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