BISMARCK - Incumbent Doug Goehring and his Democratic challenger, Jim Dotzenrod, will advance to the November general election in the race for North Dakota agriculture commissioner.

Goehring, a Republican, and Dotzenrod had nearly 100 percent of their respective parties’ votes with 397 of 424 precincts reporting early unofficial results from the primary election Tuesday, June 12.

Goehring has served as North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner since 2009. He attended Bismarck State College and farms near Menoken. Goehring formerly served as president and chairman of the board of Nodak Mutual Insurance, director of American Agricultural Insurance, president of the Midwestern Association of State Departments of Agriculture, director of the United Soybean Board, director of the North Dakota Soybean Council, chairman of the Bismarck Mandan Chamber Agriculture Committee and president of the Food Export Association of the Midwest.

Dotzenrod is a corn and soybean farmer in southeast North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State University with an engineering degree and served in the Air Force and North Dakota Air National Guard. He has represented District 26 in the state Senate since 2009 and previously served in that chamber from 1978 to 1994. The North Dakota Township Officers Association named him Legislator of the Year in 2015.

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