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Air Force officer announces plans to run for ND Senate

December 15, 2021 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A U.S. Air Force Reserve officer has announced her intention to seek the North Dakota state senate seat held by Republican Nicole Poolman, who doesn’t plan to seek reelection next year.

Michelle Axtman is running as a Republican for the Bismarck-area District 7 seat held by Poolman since 2012.

“Throughout my life I have heard and recognized the call to serve,” Axtman said in a statement. “I value the Air Force’s motto ‘Service Before Self’ and I see the role of a citizen legislator as an extension of that service.”

Axtman is a Bismarck native and the District 7 Republican treasurer. She is a 2009 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and spent 12 years as an active duty Air Force pilot. She serves as a major in the Air Force Reserve, the Bismarck Tribune r eported.

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Axtman’s campaign website said her focus, if elected, would be “prioritizing community and family safety, delivering a quality learning experience for all ND students, growing our state’s skilled workforce, and developing strategies that lower taxes.”

Poolman told the Senate last month she is not running again so she can spend more time with her family and students and also cited an erosion of civility in the Legislature.