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Oversen steps down as chairwoman of ND Democratic-NPL Party

BISMARCK—Kylie Oversen has stepped down as chairwoman of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party, the party said Sunday, June 24.

Oversen said she decided to focus on her campaign for state tax commissioner.

"It's really nothing more than that," she said in an interview. "While I was managing both roles just fine, I just made a personal decision to put all of my energy in this direction and have the support of the party in doing that."

The Democratic-NPL vice chairman, Warren Larson, has taken over as chairman, the party said in a statement. Oversen said she made the announcement Saturday during a gathering of party officials.

"We thank Kylie for her dedication to growing the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party and look forward to seeing her elected as our next tax commissioner," Democratic-NPL Executive Director Scott McNeil said in the statement.

Oversen is challenging Republican incumbent Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger. Her resignation also comes amid Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's heated re-election bid, in which she's facing Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer.

Oversen was a state representative from Grand Forks before being ousted in the 2016 election as Democrats slipped further into the minority in the state Legislature. She was first elected party chairwoman in 2015 at the age of 26, which the party said at the time made her one of the youngest state chairpersons in the country.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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