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Rep. Corey Mock Will Not Pursue Democratic-NPL Nomination for Re-Election

Rep. Corey Mock (Credits: The Dickinson Press)

Representative Corey Mock has decided not to run for re-election in District 18, closing a chapter on his nearly 16-year tenure in the North Dakota Legislative Assembly. Mock cites the increasing bitterness and political division in his decision to step away.

In a conversation with Valley News Live, Mock shared, “The atmosphere in politics has grown increasingly hostile, and that’s not how I operate. It’s hard to make progress when there’s so much division.”

Mock’s time in office has been characterized by his dedication to the residents of Grand Forks and North Dakota. He has been a voice for responsible governance and has tackled critical issues, from the state’s Legacy Fund and military support to sustainable energy and government transparency.

Corey Mock (Credits: Grand Forks Herald)

As a former House Minority Leader and a key figure on the Appropriations Committee, Mock has been recognized for his pragmatic and independent approach to legislation. His expertise has been pivotal in shaping important state policies, and he has been the go-to member of parliament on parliamentary matters.

Outside the legislature, Mock’s contributions have been acknowledged through awards and fellowships from prestigious organizations such as the State Legislative Leadership Foundation, the Council of State Governments, and the American Council of Young Political Leaders. In 2021, he received national recognition with the CSG’s 20 Under 40 Award.

Mock expressed his gratitude, saying, “I’m thankful for the support of my constituents and peers over the years. While I won’t seek re-election, I’m eager to find new ways to contribute to our community and state.”

State Rep. Corey Mock (Credits: KVRR)

Following the announcement, Democratic-NPL leaders praised Mock for his impactful service. House Minority Leader Zac Ista noted, “Corey has been a guiding force and a cherished friend. His bipartisan efforts and commitment to our state’s welfare have left an indelible mark. His departure is a loss, but I know his contributions to North Dakota are far from over.”

Former State Senator JoNell Bakke recalled, “Corey was more than a colleague; he was a friend and confidant. His tireless dedication and ability to collaborate across party lines have made a lasting difference in our state.”

State Representative Liz Conmy reflected on Mock’s role as a mentor, “Corey was instrumental in helping me navigate my first term. His willingness to share his knowledge and maintain a sense of humor was invaluable. His departure leaves big shoes to fill.”

As Corey Mock looks ahead to the next chapter of his career, his legacy as a committed public servant and a bridge-builder in an era of polarization will undoubtedly continue to influence North Dakota politics.

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