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North Dakota Democrats elect leaders for next legislative session

Published 11/17/2010, The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK (AP) — Rep. Jerome Kelsh, a longtime North Dakota state senator who is serving his first House term, was elected as the House Democratic minority leader Tuesday, defeating Parshall Rep. Kenton Onstad for the job. Kelsh, 70, succeeds Rep. Merle Boucher, who was the House Democratic leader for 14 years. Boucher declined to run for another House term in favor of a race for North Dakota agriculture commissioner, which Boucher lost to Republican incumbent Doug Goehring.

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