Meet Our Candidates
Marty Riske, Gubernatorial Candidate for ND
Citing widespread grassroots support and calls for him to run, Riske said, “With so many critical issues facing our state and the support of so many throughout North Dakota, I have decided to enter the race for governor of North Dakota.”
Also important to Riske was the issue of declining revenues and budget shortfalls in the coming years. “I will fight to keep more of our tax dollars in North Dakota so those dollars may strengthen our schools, our infrastructure and our communities.” Riske said, “As governor I will commission independent auditors to examine each department to compare mission to execution. Those departments and agencies that are underperforming will be shown to all of us and our legislators so that we can cut back to keep those performing well.”
Also, Riske said, “Government in N.D. has gotten way too big, and both D’s and R’s are to blame. It’s time to look beyond the establishment parties for leadership in our state. As Governor, I would work to drastically shrink government and the spending that comes with it, along with restoring your personal liberties and freedom to live your life as you see fit.”
Riske is a native of Grafton. He received his B.A. in Journalism and English and his B.A. from the University of North Dakota. In 1971, he came back to North Dakota to found The Walrus which became a chain of waterbed and furniture stores in 6 North Dakota cities. Next Riske opened Take 2 Video stores, Trim 7 which became M.J. Capelli Family Hair Salons, Take 2 Express with locations in 163 towns in the upper midwest, HomeCade Manitoba of Winnipeg, VidCycle and Gadget Garage.
Jack Seaman, Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives
He is a husband to wife Aubrey, father to kids Robbie and Marisa, and chief spoiler to dogs Gizmo and Daisy.
A small businessman, he owns and operates MinDak Gold Exchange which deals in precious metals buying and selling.
Jack’s interests include travel, a decent poker game, travel, singing, travel and being a fill in talk radio host from time to time. He also likes to travel.
In 2014, in his first run for any political office, Jack was the Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. House and was a huge breath of fresh air to the political landscape in North Dakota. From day one, his outgoing and honest style of “tell it like it is” politics made him a wanted guest on radio and TV programs statewide.
Jack also participated in all seven (yes, seven) debates that were held during the race and was widely considered by media members and voters around the state as the winner in each and every one. His race was the key in a historic showing on election day for the Libertarian Party, which earned full ballot access for 2016.
Robert Marquette, Candidate for U.S. Senate
Robert Marquette was born in Kansas City in 1959. In 1971, he moved with his family to Dallas, Texas where he lived until 2001. Mr. Marquette worked in the semiconductor industry during the 90’s for the Malcolm Baldrige Award winning company, ST Microelectronics, as a CVD Operator and Equipment Service Technician. In 2001, Robert moved to Baltimore, Maryland when he took a job with General Electric’s Consumer Services Division as a Field Service Technician. He transferred to Fort Myers, Florida in 2005 where he lived until coming to Fargo in 2012. Robert currently works as a Customer Service professional for a leading retail “big box” store.
Eric Olson, Candidate for ND State Treasurer
Eric Olson, Candidate for ND State Treasurer, is running as a sound money, technology oriented candidate. His goals as Treasurer are to facilitate total transparency of state transactions, establish a state gold reserve, and allow the state to accept payments in bitcoin. He is also a driving force behind the Libertarian-backed bill to legalize marijuana use in North Dakota.
Tom Skadeland, Candidate for ND Public Service Commissioner
Thomas Skadeland is a 27 year old from Portland, North Dakota. He is a third generation Electrician and has worked in the family business in the Mayville-Portland area since he was 14 years old. He also holds a B.S. in Education degree from Mayville State University where he double majored in Health and Physical Education, also receiving a D.A.P.E. (Developmental Adaptation for P.E.). As well as working full time in the family business, Tom occasionally does some substitute teaching in the Red River Valley. Tom also is co-editor of “The Dakota Homestead” blog.
Nick Bata, Candidate for ND Insurance Commissioner
Nick Bata is 28 years old living in Fargo, North Dakota. He is originally from Kensal, ND, where his family farm is. He also holds a B.S. in Physical Education and Excercise Science from Mayville State University where he played sports. Nick spent two years teaching in North Dakota Public Education. He currently works for a prestigious Drywall Company in the FM area specializing in drywall repair and custom application. Nick also is co-editor of “The Dakota Homestead” blog.
Roland Riemers, Candidate for ND State Auditor
Riemers ran for North Dakota Secretary of State as a Libertarian in 2014, earning 5.3% of the vote, and his efforts in the political arena are the reason the ND Libertarian Party exists today.