North Dakota Democrat launches bid against Republican Rep. Kelly Armstrong

A Democrat has entered the race for North Dakota’s only House seat, challenging incumbent Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), who announced his reelection campaign this week. 

Trygve Hammer, a military veteran, is looking to shake up the state’s political landscape with his campaign, running as a “pro-union, pro-choice, and pro-democracy leader.” 

Hammer, who serves as the District 5 chairman for the city of Minot, launched his third campaign for public office on Wednesday. In 2022, Hammer was defeated by Republican Sheri Haugen-Hoffart for the state’s Public Service Commission. Hammer also ran an unsuccessful campaign for state House in 2020. 

“I am running for Congress because it is time to put government to work for all of us. It is time to end the grandstanding and culture-war intrusions into our most personal decisions as persons, parents, and patients,” Hammer said in
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