I’ve Never Endorsed a Candidate. I am now.

I’ve been asked a few times to endorse this person or that person. I’m not sure why. I only have a blog and a Facebook page about North Dakota. I’ve never done it. Until now. I’m endorsing Heidi Heitkamp for senate and the reason may surprise you.

Are there many reasons to endorse Heidi? Yes, there are. She consistently fights for North Dakotans even when the democrats don’t like it. She does what she believes in even when the republicans don’t like it. She consistently fights for the underdog. She cares and wants to make a difference. How do I know she really cares and isn’t just another politician?

Heidi is a cancer survivor. Cancer is a death sentence for many. When you hear the word “cancer”, you start making plans to die. You don’t want to, but you know you may be taken from this world long before you’d hoped to be. That diagnosis changes you. It changed me.

You make promises to God, to family, to yourself. You say, “if you let me survive this, I promise I’ll earn it.” And, if you’re fortunate enough to survive, you spend your remaining days making good on that promise.

Heidi has faced her own mortality. She’s made a choice to spend the rest of her life trying to make the world a better place. Survivors also wonder why they survive and others do not. We have to make ourselves worthy.

That’s why I believe that Heidi is the real deal. She fights with her heart, her mind and her desire to leave the world better than she found it. She fights to earn that survival.

I get that. As a cancer survivor, I fully endorse Heidi Heitkamp for senate and whatever else she chooses to do to make the world a better place than she found it.