Paul Schaffner seeking GOP nomination for US Senate

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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) -- Paul Schaffner, found guilty of soliciting a prostitute in November 2017, has announced his intention to seek the GOP nomination to run against incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.

The 47-year-old Schaffner was arrested in June last year by Bismarck Police. His case is on appeal to the supreme court.

Schaffner is from Wisconsin and moved to North Dakota 30 years ago. He is a former teacher and now works in the oil and gas industry.

He says he wants to improve infrastructure and allow states to be the decision-makers when it comes to oil and gas regulations.

"I might be the only politician in America that is motivated by his own failure. It's selfish, it sounds selfish, but I really do want to help. I want to lead, and I believe I have those skill sets," said Schaffner.

Schaffner will face off against state Sen. Tom Campbell.