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An outspoken Bismarck attorney has announced another campaign for the North Dakota Supreme Court.

In a letter dated Thursday, Robert Bolinske Sr. announced his candidacy for the high court. He joins Justice Lisa Fair McEvers in the race for a 10-year term.

"I'm from North Dakota. I love North Dakota," the Oberon native said in his letter. "I am North Dakotan through and through. I consider 'the regular people' of North Dakota to be 'my' people."

Bolinske ran in 2016 for a seat on the state Supreme Court but lost to Jerod Tufte by over 20 percent. The race was noted for Bolinske's reportedly fiery rhetoric during a campaign event, as well as a press release of his that landed him in hot water with a disciplinary committee of the state bar association.

His press release reportedly alleged that judicial officials hid public records. He appealed after the Supreme Court's disciplinary board affirmed the committee's decision to admonish him over conduct. He argued its process as unconstitutional and without facts.

No ruling has yet been issued on his appeal.

Bolinske did not return two phone messages left Monday.


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