District 20 House, Senate candidates weigh in on masks, Legacy Fund, virus response

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Posted: Friday, October 9, 2020 6:48 am | Updated: 8:02 am, Fri Oct 9, 2020.

Candidates running for District 20 Senate and House seats are divided on whether state officials should introduce a statewide mask mandate to stem the spread of COVID-19.

House candidates Zachary Blotsky and John Pederson, both Democrats, are staunch supporters.

Their Republican opponents, Mike Beltz and Jared Hagert, are less enthusiastic about the idea.

“I feel that the current system works for both business owners and private citizens,” Hagert wrote in a candidate questionnaire emailed to the Banner on Wednesday.

“It provides the power of choice to the individual.”

The Banner fired off a list of nine questions in September to the four House candidates as well incumbent District 20 Sen. Randy Lemm (R-Hillsboro) and his political challenger, Paul Hanson of Mayville, prior to the Nov. 3 general election.

Candidates were asked to list their top priorities if elected and how they view mask mandates and Gov. Doug Burgum’s ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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