Posted 2/02/16 (Tue)
By Kevin Killough
The Democrats are throwing their hat in the District 2 ring.
Brandon Delvo announced Monday he will seek the District 2 North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party’s endorsement for state House.
Delvo chose to run after seeing how things changed after he recently returned to the state from deployment overseas.
He said while there have been many positive changes, there are many things he’d like to see done better.
“It’s definitely not the same place I grew up in,” Delvo said.
Some of his objectives, if elected, would be to improve roads and bridges, give more attention to education, and work with the agricultural industry.
“What seemed like unlimited energy development, is now uncertainty in our economy. We need to work together, regardless of party, to be a better, more diversified economy and use our revenue to invest in projects and programs that will pay-it-forward for future generations,” he explained.
Delvo also said he would work to bring more transparency to state leadership.
“We deserve to know that our leaders are leading from the front and asking the critical questions,” Delvo said.
Delvo has never held public office, but he said his experience as an employee of the Williams County Highway Department for five years gives him a lot of understanding of the area’s infrastructure needs.
He also points to his service in the state Army National Guard, where he was an infantry vehicle commander, as an example of his leadership ability. In that capacity, he had to ensure the safety of the equipment of the men and women under him, as well as making split-second decisions.
“I brought all my guys home,” he said.
Delvo was born in Williston. He attended high school in Billings, Mont. Before joining the Army in 2002, he earned his Eagle Scout Award. He moved back to the family Century Farm in Bonetraill after his first overseas deployment to Iraq in 2006. In 2008 he volunteered for a second deployment in Iraq for another year. He was honorably discharged from the North Dakota Army National Guard in 2013.
He is a current student at Williston State College and will be graduating in the spring of 2016.
He has also held jobs in farming, ranching and in the Department of Homeland Security.