Redistricting drives top Democrat in North Dakota Senate to retire

BISMARCK — North Dakota Senate Minority Leader Joan Heckaman told Forum News Service she will retire from the Legislature when her term ends in 2022 because the redistricting process took a run for reelection “off the table.”

redistricting map approved by lawmakers last month lands the New Rockford Democrat in a district where no election will be held in 2022. Voters in Heckaman’s new district elected Fessenden Republican Sen. Jerry Klein last year, and the population of the district didn’t change enough through redistricting to trigger another election two years later.