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Published April 08 2010

Dems endorse Boechler for attorney general

North Dakota Democrats endorsed Fargo attorney Jean Boechler earlier this week to be the party’s candidate in the state attorney general race.

Democratic-NPL delegates voted at the convention in March to allow the party’s executive committee to endorse a candidate for attorney general.

Boechler has been involved with the Democratic-NPL Party for several years, but this is her first bid for elected office.

“I’m clearly not a politician,” she said. “I’m realizing that while I’m very confident in my ability to serve the state as the attorney general, the campaign could be a learning experience for me.”

Yet, being a political newcomer is also what distinguishes Boechler from 10-year GOP incumbent Wayne Stenehjem, who she said has become too political in his statewide office.

She criticized Stenehjem’s recent decision to join a multistate lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of health care reform.

“The attorney general’s position is not a policy-making branch of government,” Boechler she said. “The attorney general’s position is obviously a position to enforce and work within the laws that are made by those people that are elected to those positions in the legislative parts of the government.”

Almost all of Boechler’s 30-year professional career has been in civil law, including products liability, consumer protection and occupational injury cases.

If elected, Boechler said she wants to continue focusing on consumer rights issues, as well as “work with the state’s attorneys to ensure the criminal justice system functions properly, and keep kids safe.”

Originally from Minot, Boechler attended the University of North Dakota and graduated from Minot State University.

She earned her law degree from UND in 1979 and has run a private practice in Fargo since 1994.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kristen Daum at (701) 241-5541