Longtime North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced a re-election bid Monday, Jan. 29, setting up an intraparty battle for the statewide elected office.
Jaeger, a Republican first elected in 1992, said in a statement that he was proud of his record, including implementing new technology, conducting fair elections and managing the state's records. He noted North Dakota has been listed No. 1 on the Pew Charitable Trusts' election performance index four election cycles in a row.
"I am committed to protecting the integrity of our electoral process and, along with our county partners, managing elections efficiently, effectively and with complete transparency," Jaeger said in a statement.
Will Gardner, chief information officer at Mandan-based First Court, Inc., has already launched a bid for the office. He's the former chairman of the District 34 Republicans.
North Dakota Republicans will hold their statewide convention in early April in Grand Forks.