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Associated Press, Published April 10 2012

Keith Jacobson filing to run for ND school superintendent

BISMARCK — Four people are running for North Dakota school superintendent, and the filing deadline is still three days away.

Retired New Salem school principal Keith Jacobson and former Bismarck state senator Tracy Potter turned in petitions Tuesday to run for the job.

Potter was the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate two years ago.

Jacobson was the Republican candidate for school superintendent in 2004. He lost to incumbent Democrat Wayne Sanstead. Sanstead is retiring this year.

The North Dakota Republican and Democratic parties also have preferred candidates for superintendent.

Republicans are backing Kirsten Baesler (KEER’-stuhn BAYZ’-lur) of Mandan. Democrats are supporting Max Laird of Bismarck. Laird has run for the superintendent's job twice before.

All four candidates will run in the June primary. The top two finishers will run in November.

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Three people are seeking the job. Max Laird has the backing of North Dakota Democrats, while Republicans are supporting Kirsten Baesler (KEER'-stuhn BAYZ'-lur).

Potter was the Democrats' candidate for the U.S. Senate two years ago. But he did not ask for Democratic support for the superintendent's race.

Potter says the job is nonpartisan and he didn't think it was right to ask for party backing.

The three candidates will be running against each other in the June primary. The top two finishers will go on to the November general election.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.