CASSELTON, N.D. — District 22 Republicans and Democrats in North Dakota have chosen their candidates for the state Legislature.

GOP attendees voted Saturday, Feb. 15, in Casselton to unanimously endorse Mark Weber, of Casselton, for the district’s lone senate seat, a post that has been held by Sen. Gary Lee since 2001.

Lee, a Repbulican who is also from Casselton, told The Forum on Monday, Feb. 17, he decided earlier this year not to seek reelection.

Weber will face Laetitia Hellerud, a West Fargo Democrat who was endorsed by her party on Saturday in Fargo. The Democrats are still working on choosing candidates for the House races.

Republicans in District 22 unanimously voted to support Reps. Michael Howe, of West Fargo, and Brandy Pyle, of Casselton, for the state House election. Both were first elected in 2016.

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District 22 is a rural district that covers most of northwest and central Cass County. The winners of the November election will serve a four-year term.