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Election date

North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger provides testimony to an interim legislative committee on Aug. 29, 2017. 

Forum News Service

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.