Announces candidacy for ND House seat in District 7
BISMARCK—Bismarck resident Matt Heilman announced his candidacy today for a seat in the North Dakota House of Representatives in District 7.
In his press release, Heilman wrote, “As an activist, I’ve proven I can work well with others in accomplishing mutual goals.” He continued, “I will remain tirelessly committed to promoting Republican platform values, and encouraging other Republican legislators to hold true to these stated principles.”
“I will remain tirelessly committed to promoting Republican platform values, and encouraging other Republican legislators to hold true to these stated principles.” Matt Heilman, Rep. candidate for House seat in Dis. 7, Bismarck
Heilman was born and raised in Bismarck. He plans to graduate this spring from Bismarck State College (BSC) and move on to pursue an accounting degree through North Dakota State University. He is also the founder and president of the BSC chapter of Turning Point USA, and he currently serves as a precinct committeeman for the District 7 Republicans.
Additionally, Heilman is a member and volunteer for the North Dakota Young Republicans (NDYR). “I really appreciate the NDYRs,” said Heilman. “They’ve given me a lot of knowledge.”
Heilman stated he is most passionate about preventing and eliminating employer-instituted vaccine mandates across North Dakota. “It affects virtually every single employee in the state,” Heilman explained.
Other issues Heilman supports include protecting the initiated measure process and reducing the property tax burdens on taxpayers.
Heilman expressed his desire that the initiated measure process not disappear. “I think taking it away completely would take away the voice of the people,” he said.
He also pointed out that, while he is in favor of reducing property taxes, he would in principle support eliminating property taxes entirely.
Heilman’s candidacy comes on the heels of Retha Mattern’s announcement of her own candidacy late last week. With Heilman, Mattern, and incumbent Republican Rep. Jason Dockter all announcing their candidacies, the upcoming campaign season in the GOP within District 7 seems to be heating up considerably. Not to mention that the other incumbent Republican, Rep. Rick Becker, has yet to announce his own intentions.
In a similar vein as Mattern, Heilman pointed out his candidacy is not about trying to knock off anyone else.
“I’m not too worried about what I can’t control,” Heilman said. “I’ve been considering [running] for a long time now,” he added. “I’ve talked it over with friends and family. It seems like the right time, especially since I’m pretty passionate about it.”
For more information, see heilmanfornd.com.