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Rep. Jay R. Seibel

Rep. Jay R. Seibel, R-Beulah, stands to answer a question from a fellow lawmaker on a bill he carried during the floor session in 2015.

Two of three District 33 legislators will run to retain their seats at the state Capitol this year. 

Rep. Jay Seibel, R-Beulah, announced Tuesday that he will not be seeking re-election.

"After much thought and prayer, I have decided not to seek re-election to the North Dakota House of Representatives, serving District 33," said Seibel, who has accepted a full-time position with Union State Bank, Hazen and Beulah as an AVP-Ag loan officer. "It has been my great pleasure to serve these past two sessions, and I thank the voters of the district for allowing me that privilege."

Rep. Gary Kreidt, R-New Salem, and Sen. Jessica Unruh, R-Beulah, will be seeking another term in their respective chambers.

"Lower taxes and a level playing field for taxpayers and industry are issues I will continue to fight for. Keeping our agriculture and energy industries competitive is a priority to keep North Dakota's economy booming," said Unruh, who chairs the interim Taxation Committee as well as the Energy and Natural Resources Committee during during the legislative session.

"Proving that my experience in the House of Representatives will continue to provide benefit to the livelihood of those in District 33 during the upcoming election cycle is something I look forward to," said Kreidt, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee and is the vice chairman of the Appropriations Human Resources Division.

The endorsement process kicks into gear at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Beulah Civic Center.

"Having an open legislative seat is always an exciting time for the district. We look forward to hearing the thoughts and ideas of those interested in serving the district and have the utmost confidence our candidates will provide the representation District 33 needs in the North Dakota Legislature," District 33 Chairman Fred Stern said.

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