FARGO - A Fargo businessman announced Tuesday, April 5, he's running as the Libertarian Party candidate for governor of North Dakota.
Marty Riske, former state chairman of the Libertarian Party in North Dakota, is a first-time candidate.
Riske is a native of Grafton and a graduate of the University of North Dakota who went on to own retail furniture stores, video rental businesses and the M.J. Capelli Family Hair Salons.
“I will fight to keep more of our tax dollars in North Dakota so those dollars may strengthen our schools, our infrastructure and our communities," Riske said in a news release. “As governor I will commission independent auditors to examine each department to compare mission to execution. Those departments and agencies that are underperforming will be shown to all of us and our legislators so that we can cut back to keep those performing well.”
Riske is running to fill the office being vacated by Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is the endorsed Republican candidate, but faces challenges from Doug Burgum of Fargo and Paul Sorum of Bismarck in the June primary.
Marvin Nelson, a state representative from Rolla, is the Democratic candidate for governor.