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Published October 17 2011

Goettle “actively considering” campaign for North Dakota's US House seat

FARGO – The former commerce commissioner for North Dakota is “actively considering” a run for the GOP nomination in the U.S. House race.

Shane Goettle, now the state director for Republican Sen. John Hoeven, said he plans to decide within the next few weeks.

“I think there’s room in the field of candidates for someone with my background to jump into the race,” he said. “I’m not taking it lightly; I’m taking a very serious look at it.”

Goettle, a native of Stanley, has a lengthy resume of policy work, including stints with several state and federal agencies.

Before Hoeven, then governor, appointed Goettle his commerce commissioner in 2005, Goettle worked for four years in the Bush administration in Washington, D.C.

He spent nearly two years as counsel for the Federal Housing Finance Agency before moving to administrative management work within USDA Rural Development.

Goettle says his breadth of experience, most notably with economic and rural issues, would serve Congress well.

Goettle resigned the commerce post in December to lead Hoeven’s Senate operations in North Dakota, and he said the past 10 months have provided him “insight into some of the issues going on in Congress.”

The 2012 U.S. House race has already drawn three confirmed candidates: Democrat Pam Gulleson and Republicans Brian Kalk and Bette Grande.

Like Goettle, several other Republicans have expressed interest in seeking the party nomination next spring.

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