Biden to speak at Democratic-NPL state convention

BISMARCK – Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will headline the 2018 Democratic-NPL State Convention in Grand Forks March 17.

Biden served as a U.S. senator from Delaware for nearly four decades and as vice president of the United States from 2009-2017. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, he has been a lifelong champion for the working class and, in the Senate, authored landmark legislation such as the Violence Against Women Act, which Senator Heidi Heitkamp helped implement as North Dakota’s Attorney General, according to a release from the state party.

“Heidi lives and breathes North Dakota. She fights with every fiber of her being for rural America,” Biden said in the release. ” North Dakotans should know that Heidi has their back in the Senate. I’ve seen it firsthand. I’m looking forward to showing my support for Heidi in Grand Forks and throughout this campaign.”

The former vice president has said he is considering a run for president in 2020. A presidential candidate twice before, Biden would be 78 on Inauguration Day if elected in 2020.

The convention in Grand Forks is scheduled for March 15-18. Other offices on the statewide ballot for which Democrats could endorse are U.S. House, secretary of state, attorney general, agriculture commissioner, public service commissioner and tax commissioner.

Democrats who have announced intentions to run are former state legislator Ben Hanson of Fargo for the U.S. House, state Rep. Joshua Boschee of Fargo for secretary of state and Casey Buchmann of Washburn for the PSC.

Dustin Peyer, a Driscoll firefighter who served as a Sanders delegate to the North Dakota Democratic-NPL convention, previously has indicated he will challenge Heitkamp for the U.S. Senate endorsement.