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Al Jaeger, Published October 10 2010

Opponent’s false claims show his campaign far from ethical

Over the past few months, supporters of Corey Mock, Democratic/NPL Party candidate for secretary of state, have spread a distorted tale in their published letters of my 18-year record as North Dakota’s secretary of state. Space limitations do not allow refuting each claim in detail. However, independent nonpartisan reviews of my record will easily reveal their claims as untrue and fabrications.

It is baffling; at the same time their candidate is promoting the creation of an ethics commission, he continues to falsely claim that I signed a contract with a bankrupt company for the printing of ballots. On

Aug. 16, I provided documented proof proving otherwise to the Joel Heitkamp radio show and the state’s media.

During my tenure in office, I have earned the respect of the Legislature, as evidenced by the more than 350 bills initiated and drafted by my office that often receive overwhelming bipartisan approval. Without fanfare, these bills have streamlined and clarified many laws and procedures for citizens and businesses.

Included in this number are the bills that provide business formation choices that are used today by 15,000 firms.

On the other hand, only three of the 21 bills or resolutions sponsored or co-sponsored by Rep. Mock in his first session passed. One of the passed bills was one I provided to freshman legislators for gaining experience.

Recently, even though he is a member of the Legislative Technology Committee with full access to the historical information, Mock has made false statements about the development of software in the secretary of state’s office. In making his charges, he has omitted how my office has worked closely with the state’s Information Technology Department, performed due diligence, and has fully disclosed the status and challenges of our software projects to the Legislature before, during and since the last legislative session.

My administration has been innovative, efficient, prudent, transparent and fair and has applied the law equally regardless of position or political affiliation. As the state’s chief election official and in partnership with county officials, elections have been administered well and with integrity. That is what the people expect of their elected officials. I have done that, regardless of what partisan letter writers may claim.

Jaeger is running for re-election as North Dakota secretary of state.