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Published January 31 2012

Three Democrats seek re-election to North Dakota Legislature

BISMARCK – Three North Dakota Democrats plan to seek re-election to the state Legislature this fall.

House Minority Leader Jerry Kelsh of Fullerton, Rep. Bill Amerman of Forman and Sen. Jim Dotzenrod of Wyndmere said they want to continue their work with the state’s issues.

“We need to continually monitor that everybody gets their fair share of the infrastructure dollars,” Kelsh said. “I think we just need to make sure that rural North Dakota gets its fair share of the dollars that are being spent for education, roads, anything.”

Kelsh served in the state Senate from 1984 to 2002 and was elected to the House in 2008.

Dotzenrod said he wants to continue working on state tax policy as a member of the Senate’s Finance and Taxation Committee.

“I’m interested in property taxes, and I think that we can make some improvements in our system based on what’s happening to the economic fortunes of our state,” he said.

Dotzenrod served in the state Senate from 1978-94 and was re-elected in 2008.

Amerman said the state faces “extraordinary issues” because of its prosperity. He also wants to be involved in health and human services discussions if the federal government makes big funding cuts to reduce its deficit.

“I just like to be part of what’s coming up to try to, in whatever small way I can, make sure that every citizen in the state should enjoy or prosper to some degree during these times when the state is enjoying what it has,” he said.

Amerman is a member of the House Government and Veterans Affairs Committee and the Industry, Business and Labor Committee. He has served in the state House since 2003.

The men represent District 26, which includes Sargent County and parts of Dickey, Ransom and Richland counties.

Teri Finneman is a multimedia reporter for Forum Communications Co.