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Forum staff reports, Published April 17 2012

North Dakota state, federal races draw competitive slate of candidates

BISMARCK – Friday was the filing deadline for anyone who wanted to run for statewide office in North Dakota this year or to put a referendum on the 2012 primary or general election ballots.

Here is the complete and official list of statewide ballot filings released Monday by the North Dakota secretary of state’s office:


U.S. Senate

– Six-year term. Annual salary: $174,000

Rick Berg (R-endorsed)

Heidi Heitkamp (D-endorsed)

Duane Sand (R)

U.S. House

– Two-year term. Annual salary: $174,000

Kevin Cramer (R)

Pam Gulleson (D-endorsed)

Brian P. Kalk (R-endorsed)

Eric Olson (libertarian)


Governor, lieutenant governor

– Four-year terms. Governor’s annual salary: $113,594. Lieutenant governor’s annual salary: $88,183.

Jack Dalrymple and Drew Wrigley (R)*

Roland Riemers (libertarian) (No running mate listed)

Ryan M. Taylor and Ellen Chaffee (D)


– Four-year term. Annual salary: $90,360

Scot Kelsh (D)

Robert R. “Bob” Peterson (R)*


– Four-year term. Annual salary: $85,330

Ross Mushik (D)

Kelly Schmidt (R)*

Insurance Commissioner

– Four-year term. Annual salary: $90,360

Adam Hamm (R)*

Tom Potter (D)

Public Service Commissioner

– Six-year term. Annual salary: $92,826

Randy Christmann (R)

Brad Crabtree (D)

Joshua Voytek (libertarian)

Superintendent of Public Instruction (nonpartisan)

– Four-year term. Annual salary: $102,868.

Kirsten Baesler (R-endorsed)

Max Laird (D-endorsed)

Tracy Potter

Supreme Court Justice (nonpartisan)

– 10-year term. Annual salary, effective June 30: $138,159.

Daniel J. Crothers*


June primary

Measure 1: Whether North Dakota lawmakers can be appointed to government jobs

Measure 2: Whether North Dakota property taxes should be abolished

Measure 3: Whether government is prohibited from burdening the exercise of religious liberty

Measure 4: Whether the University of North Dakota is required to be the Fighting Sioux

November general election

Measure 1: Whether to repeal North Dakota’s poll tax

Measure 2: Relating to oaths of office for elected and appointed officials

* denotes incumbent

Forum reporter Kristen M. Daum compiled this report.

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