Paul Sorum

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Paul Sorum
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Candidate for
Governor of North Dakota
Bachelor'sNorth Dakota State University
Date of birthNovember 6, 1961
Place of birthFargo, ND
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Paul Sorum was a candidate for Governor of North Dakota in the 2012 elections. He withdrew from the race on April 1, 2012 after Jack Dalrymple, the incumbent, received the endorsement of the Republican Party at its statewide convention, but later earned place on the general election ballot as an independent nominee. His lieutenant gubernatorial running-mate was Michael Coachman.[1]


Sorum, the youngest of four children, was born on November 5, 1961 in Fargo, North Dakota to a high school teacher and an engineer. He studied architecture and CAD, and after graduating from North Dakota State University went on to teach at the University of Southern California. He worked for a number of architectural firms before returning to North Dakota in 1990, and is now the owner and president of Sorum Design-Build.[2]


  • BS, Architecture, North Dakota State University



See also: North Dakota gubernatorial election, 2012

Sorum originally sought the Republican nomination for Governor of North Dakota in 2012. When incumbent Jack Dalrymple (R) was endorsed at the Republican Party's statewide convention, he withdrew his bid, only to return to the race later by independent nomination. He and running-mate Michael Coachman faced incumbent Jack Dalrymple & Drew Wrigley (R), Ryan Taylor & Ellen Chaffee (D), and Roland Riemers & Anthony Johns (independent nomination).[3] They were defeated by incumbents Dalrymple and Wrigley.[3]


Sorum's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[4]

Spending: "We must limit the growth of State Government if we wish to experience sustained economic growth and provide our children the opportunity to live and work in North Dakota.

  • identify all governmentally owned and managed infrastructure
  • identify its current condition
  • determine its expected life span
  • estimate its replacement cost
  • identify resources that have been reserved, if any, for its maintenance, improvement and replacement

Life: "Stopping abortion in North Dakota and then in all fifty states."
Fighting Sioux: Sorum advocates the repeal of a law that would repeal the nickname "Fighting Sioux" for the mascot of the University of North Dakota.

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Sorum lost the election to the position of Governor of North Dakota in 2012. During that election cycle, Sorum raised a total of $7,169.

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