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The Pioneer Family monument was covered in frost and the North Dakota state Capitol was shrouded in fog early Thursday morning as the temperature plunged to minus five below zero in the Bismarck and Mandan areas.

Former congressional candidate Duane Sand is running as a Republican for the state House of Representatives in District 47 after skipping the district and state GOP conventions.

Sand, of Bismarck, filed paperwork by Monday’s deadline to be on the June 12 primary ballot, running against incumbents George Keiser and Larry Klemin, who received the Republican endorsement.

Sand, a captain in the U.S. Navy Reserves, unsuccessfully opposed Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad in 2000 and Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy in 2004 and 2008. In 2012, he campaigned for U.S. Senate but lost in the primary to Republican Rick Berg.

Sand currently works as CEO for White Horse Water, which sells industrial water to the oil industry. He said he was recruited to run to provide voters with another candidate.

The top two vote-getters will advance to the Nov. 6 general election.

Democrats have one candidate for District 47 House, Sabina McGarrahan Gasper.

For District 47 Senate, Republican Mike Dwyer is running against Democrat Brandi Jude. Both are seeking the seat held by Sen. Ralph Kilzer, R-Bismarck, who is retiring.

District 35 is the only Bismarck-area state legislative district with a full slate of candidates.

Sen. Erin Oban, a Democrat, is facing a challenge from Republican Gary Emineth, who dropped his campaign for U.S. Senate in anticipation that Rep. Kevin Cramer would run for the seat currently held by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.

Also in District 35, first-time candidates Joe Elsberry and Rachel Thomason, both Democrats, will challenge Republican incumbents Karen Karls and Bob Martinson for House.

In District 7, Democrat Paul Wilkins filed paperwork Monday to run for House. Also running are Republican incumbents Rick Becker and Jason Dockter.

For District 7 Senate, Republican incumbent Nicole Poolman will run unopposed.

Mixup in Mandan-area district

In District 31, Republican incumbents Karen Rohr and Jim Schmidt may run unopposed for the state House after the Democratic candidate who filed realized he lives outside of the district.

Joshua Johnson, of Mandan, said he was recruited by Democrats last week to run for District 31 state House, but he realized after he filed his paperwork on Monday that he lives in neighboring District 34 by a couple of blocks.

“I’m probably just going to have to drop out of the race,” Johnson said.

Lee Ann Oliver, election specialist with the Secretary of State’s Office, said candidates are required to live in the district at least 30 days prior to the general election.

“That doesn’t disqualify him right now for the primary,” Oliver said.

Even-numbered districts are not up for election this year.

No other Democrats filed for District 31 House.

For the District 31 Senate seat, Democrat Rachele Hall, of Mandan, will challenge Republican incumbent Donald Schaible, of Mott.

Statewide races

Candidates for statewide races are finalized, including the matchup for U.S. Senate between Democrat Heidi Heitkamp and Republican Kevin Cramer. Thomas O’Neill, of Niagara, also filed as a Republican as a U.S. Senate candidate for the June 12 primary.

Republicans Kelly Armstrong, Tom Campbell, Tiffany Abentroth and Paul Schaffner filed paperwork to be on the primary ballot for the U.S. House of Representatives, with Armstrong the only one securing the party’s endorsement. The winner will oppose Democrat Mac Schneider in the general election.

Republican Will Gardner, of Mandan, Democrat Josh Boschee, of Fargo, and Libertarian Roland Riemers, of Grand Forks, will be on the ballot for secretary of state after Republican Al Jaeger did not receive his party’s endorsement.

Republican Wayne Stenehjem will face a challenge for attorney general from Democrat David Thompson, of Grand Forks.

State Sen. Jim Dotzenrod, D-Wyndmere, will challenge Republican incumbent Doug Goehring for agriculture commissioner.

Two seats will be on the ballot for Public Service Commission. Republican Randy Christmann, an incumbent, is running for a six-year term against Democrat Jean Brandt, of Kramer. Commissioner Brian Kroshus, a Republican, is running to complete the unexpired two-year term of the position he currently holds. He faces a challenge from Democrat Casey Buchmann, of Washburn.

Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger, a Republican, is being challenged by Democrat Kylie Oversen.

North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Lisa Fair McEvers is running for a 10-year term on the bench and faces opposition from Bismarck attorney Robert Bolinske Sr.

South Central judgeships

Three South Central Judicial District judgeships are on the ballot.

Judge Bruce Romanick, first elected in 2000, is running for re-election and Judge John Grinsteiner, appointed in 2015, is running for election. Bismarck attorney Daniel Borgen is the lone candidate for the judgeship currently held by Bruce Haskell, who is not seeking re-election. The district includes Burleigh, Morton, Grant, Sioux, Emmons, Sheridan, Mercer, McLean and Oliver counties.

Other area legislative districts

Central North Dakota’s District 33 has no Democratic candidates for Legislature. Republican incumbent Jessica Unruh will run unopposed for Senate while Republicans Gary Kreidt, an incumbent from New Salem, and Bill Tveit, Hazen, will run unopposed for state House.

District 37 in southwest North Dakota has a full slate of candidates. Democrat R. Travis Brazelton, of Dickinson, will challenge Republican incumbent Rich Wardner for Senate while Democrats Keith Fernsler and Fern Pokorny will challenge Republican incumbents Mike Lefor and Vicky Steiner for state House.

No Democratic candidates filed for District 39 in western North Dakota. Republican Dale Patten, of Watford City, is the only candidate who filed for state Senate. Sen. Bill Bowman, R-Bowman, is retiring from that position. Republican incumbents Denton Zubke, of Watford City, and Keith Kempenich, of Bowman, will run unopposed for state House.

For more legislative candidates, visit the Secretary of State’s website at https://vip.sos.nd.gov/CandidateList.aspx?eid=302.

(Reach Amy Dalrymple at 701-250-8267 or Amy.Dalrymple@bismarcktribune.com)

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