North Dakotans are fiercely independent people and they are eager to have their voice be heard by the people they elected to represent them.
In eight months of conversations while trekking across our state. I've heard lots of different opinions on how to solve the problems facing the Secretary of State's office; with one exception. Business owners, nonprofit leaders, family farmers, and other local stakeholders all agree that they need a better solution to filing paperwork.
In fact, it's those conversations that led to my proposal for a one-stop shop for online filings called ND Hub. A modern, online portal that digitally brings all state agencies together to make compliance easy and less burdensome for North Dakotans.
If being a business owner has taught me one thing, it's to listen to my customers. It's their input that drives innovation and improves service. And as a state legislator, I've learned that I can best represent my constituents when the lines of two-way dialogue are open and honest. It's these North Dakota values that I will bring to the Secretary of State's office on behalf of North Dakotans.
By now I know we can all agree that the current Secretary of State's office is outdated. In fact, that's one of the main reasons Republicans endorsed a business leader over Al Jaeger at their convention. In their own words, Republicans said that "Over the last 10 years there has been between $5-$7 million dollars lost in cancelled software projects. Online business registration capabilities is 10-15 years overdue. Even if the office does finally deliver on this soon, there will continue to be a need for a leader with experience utilizing modern business practices."
Al asked his fellow Republicans to give him more time to see his projects through to completion. Unfortunately, we've seen that even with more time and more money, Al can't get the job done. His most recent online filing project is already a month delayed after three years of work and $2.5 million of taxpayer dollars. At this point, he will leave us with a legacy of software failures, wasted taxpayer dollars, and failed attempts to bring the office into the 21st century.
North Dakotans deserve better than Al Jaeger. And this year you can choose between two successful businessman who know how to get the job done. I would be honored to be your choice, and to represent your voice, on November 6th.
Rep. Boschee is the Dem-NPL candidate for Secretary of State. He is a Realtor, small business owner and has represented District 44 in the House of Representatives since 2012.
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