By Nick Smith, Williston Herald
A Congressional candidate was in Williston Thursday to learn more about area concerns.
State Rep. Rick Berg, R-Fargo, met with residents as well as business and local leaders to learn more about what's on their minds.
"I think it's important for a representative to represent the people and to understand their concerns. My hope is to meet with as many people in Williston today as I can," said Berg.
Berg, first elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives in 1984, is running to unseat Earl Pomeroy, D-ND.
Berg began the day with a meet-and-greet with Williston residents at Castle Cafe on Main Street. He gave voters an overview of his background and engaged in a discussion on issues including health care and cap and trade.
Berg was asked if he would work to repeal the health care bill passed earlier this year. He said he would.
"My hope is we can repeal it and replace it with something that is market-driven and encourages competition," said Berg.
Berg was asked about the economy.
He said Congress needs to get the economy moving in a way that isn't dependent on bailouts and unemployment benefits.
He said the extension of unemployment benefits this week was a good thing.
"But at the same time we need an economy that's going, not a government program running it," said Berg.
As for local issues, Berg said if he were elected he'll work to promote more cooperation with state and federal entities to assist with the housing and road infrastructure needs in western North Dakota.
Berg said he feels he can help improve these relationships in Washington as well as educate other legislators on North Dakota's current success.
"My passion is the North Dakota way. Washington ought to do things the North Dakota way."
The general election is Nov. 2.