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John Lamb, Published October 14 2010

Democratic candidate leaves Dist. 27 race

A District 27 candidate for a North Dakota House seat has quit her campaign.

According to Joe Aronson, executive director of the North Dakota Democratic Party, Tricia Kelley recently moved from the state to tend to family issues. Aronson said he didn’t know if or when Kelley would move back to the area, but said she is not actively campaigning for the seat, though her name remains on the ballot.

Messages left on Kelley’s phone were not returned.

Her absence leaves incumbent Randy Boehning and newcomer Thomas Beadle, both Republicans, unopposed for the district’s two representative seats.

Beadle is running for Lee Myxter’s House seat. Myxter left to run for the Senate seat left open when Jim Pomeroy announced he would not seek re-election.

Spencer Berry, a Republican, is running against the Democrat Myxter.

The four active candidates outlined their stands on issues earlier this week at a candidates’ forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

In a district that includes riverfront property south of Fargo’s 52nd Avenue and the frequently flood-threatened Briarwood, finding permanent flood prevention is a priority for those wanting to represent in District 27.

While Beadle may be a newcomer to running in political campaigns, he’s no stranger to politicians. Myxter, a former Fargo South High School teacher, pointed to Beadle as a former student during the debate.

Politics runs in Beadle’s family. His stepfather is District 41 Sen. Tony Grindberg, and his grandfather is former House Majority Leader Earl Strinden, R-Grand Forks.

“Between them I’ve grown up with politics,” Beadle said.

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Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533