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Coach Mike Dwyer, center, guided 24 Shiloh Christian boys basketball teams to 426 victories and 11 Class B state tournament berths.

Bismarck attorney Michael Dwyer announced this week he’s seeking the Republican endorsement for the state Senate in District 47.

Dwyer aims to run for the seat held by Sen. Ralph Kilzer, R-Bismarck, who is retiring when his term ends in November.

Dwyer, who formed Dwyer Law Office, is a water law expert who has represented water interests to the North Dakota Legislature, U.S. Congress, state and federal agencies and local political subdivisions. He also is co-owner of Clearwater Communications and was a longtime basketball coach for Shiloh Christian School.

Kilzer said last month he had talked to about five people who were interested in seeking the Republican endorsement for the District 47 Senate seat.

Tom Trenbeath, a former legislator and former North Dakota chief deputy attorney general, announced in December he is seeking the Republican endorsement for the position.

Bob Christman, chairman for the District 47 Republican Party, said Dwyer and Trenbeath are the only candidates he’s heard from.

“That doesn’t mean that there won’t be more,” Christman said.

District 47 holds its endorsing convention on Jan. 31.

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