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GOP still seeking write-in candidate

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Fargo Republicans are still looking for a Senate candidate to run in District 11 against Sen. Tim Mathern, D-Fargo. They did not have anyone ready to commit to a race when the election filing deadline passed April 12, but can st...

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Fargo Republicans are still looking for a Senate candidate to run in District 11 against Sen. Tim Mathern, D-Fargo. They did not have anyone ready to commit to a race when the election filing deadline passed April 12, but can still get someone on the November ballot through a write-in vote June 11.

A candidate who files a certificate of write-in candidacy with the county auditor and garners at least 137 write-in votes for Senate in the Republican column will be considered nominated by the party and that name will be printed on the general election ballot. By law, the prospective candidate can wait as late as June 7, four days before the election, to file the write-in certificate.

State party executive director Jason Stverak said Republican legislative leaders, the state party and local Fargo Republicans are talking to a few prospective candidates but have not settled on the best person yet. He said there are both men and women interested.

On the other end of the state, the North Dakota Democrats are in the same pickle in District 39. A candidate they thought they had ready to oppose Sen. Bill Bowman, R-Bowman, did not file by April 12 and is no longer interested, said party executive Vern Thompson.

Like the Republicans in Fargo, Thompson said the party is still in the process of recruiting someone.

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Readers can reach Forum reporter Janell Cole at (701) 224-0830

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