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Helmut Schmidt, Published September 21 2010

Heitkamp to decide on 2012 after fall election

Former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp says she has been encouraged to run for governor in 2012 but won’t decide until

after this fall’s election.

“To everything there is a season. You kind of have to decide, what is the passion I have today? A lot of the things I cared about deeply when I ran in 2000 are still issues today. That always motivates me,” Heitkamp said Monday before making a speech in Moorhead encouraging young people to run for office.

“It’s work that I’ve always wanted to do. Do I still want to be governor? That still remains to be seen,” she said.

Heitkamp said she’ll make her decision after the November election.

The governor’s seat is currently held by Republican John Hoeven.

He is running for the U.S. Senate against Democratic-NPL state Sen. Tracy Potter. That Senate seat came up for grabs with the retirement of Democrat Byron Dorgan.