Tom Campbell, partner and owner of Campbell Farms, in Grafton, ND, will seek the Republican Party nomination for state senator for District 19 in North Dakota during the June 12 primary election. Mr. Campbell said the eastern half of Walsh County, which includes the towns of Grafton, Minto and Hoople, moved from District 16 to District 19 during last year's redistricting process.
At the current time, the district's legislative leadership comes from Grand Forks County. The District 19 Senate seat is currently held by Gerald Uglem, a Republican from Northwood. District 19 Republican House members are Gary Paur, a resident of Gilby, ND, and Wayne Trottier, also a Northwood resident.
The 52-year-old Campbell said he is a candidate committed to unification. Looking at the district, he said, "The north versus south is very similar in character and industry, primarily agriculture," he told The Produce News Feb. 1. "With the new census, it redrew the lines. I would like to make the change more seamless. My interests are more for representing all of our new District 19 constituent concerns. North Dakota has been fortunate to have oil and agriculture as our rich industries in our state, and I think it is a very exciting time for North Dakota. I would like to use my experience in business to help North Dakota prosper."
Campbell Farms has been in business since 1978, growing and marketing a variety of potatoes. In addition to operations in Walsh County, the company has farming operations in Florida and Minnesota.
Mr. Campbell, a 1983 graduate from North Dakota State University, serves with the U.S. Potato Board and is chairman of the board of Choice Financial Banks. He and his wife, Lori, have two children.