Burgum looks to 'charge ahead' during final year in office

(Bismarck, ND) — Governor Doug Burgum’s decision to not seek a third term was difficult. The Republican said the decision wasn’t made until last weekend, as he and his family discussed the pros and cons of running for the state’s top job.

“We’ve got the strongest, best cabinet team we’ve ever had,” Burgum said. “The Governor’s office team has been through so much together, in terms of managing natural disasters, DAPL, all of the things we’ve had to go through as a state.”

He said it has been an honor for him and First Lady Kathryn Burgumm to serve North Dakota.

“We have so many positive things and so much more to accomplish,” Burgumm said about North Dakota. “There are a lot of good candidates that are interested in filling those shoes.”

The Republican Party is strong, the Governor said, and the state is “headed in the right direction.”

“We’ve never been stronger financially, and never been strong economically,” he said. “State Government has never been run more effectively. We’re in a great state.”

Burgum said his administration is “charging ahead and looking foward to finishing strong this year.”

“There’s a lot of things we can accomplish,” he said. “And a lot of things we can do to set the next Governor and the next administration up for success.”

Burgum made the comments in an appearance on The Flag's What's On Your Mind with Scott Hennen.