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Forum staff reports, Published January 19 2010

Berg joins GOP race for N.D. U.S. House seat

FARGO – Rick Berg, a long-time state legislator, announced today that he will enter the Republican race for North Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat.

Berg, a Fargo real estate development executive, became the third Republican to declare his candidacy to be the party’s choice to unseat Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., who is seeking his 10th term.

Berg’s announcement came this morning at the Fargo Theatre in downtown Fargo. He also scheduled appearances in Hettinger, N.D., where he grew up, Bismarck, Minot and Grand Forks.

First elected to the North Dakota House in 1984, Berg is a former House GOP leader who announced last year that he would not seek another state legislative term.

The other announced Republicans are Kevin Cramer, president of the North Dakota Public Service Commission, who twice before tried to unseat Pomeroy, and Paul Schaffner of Bismarck, a political newcomer.

Berg said his legislative and business experience would make him an effective member of Congress, but did not distinguish his positions from Cramer.

For more on the story read The Forum Wednesday.