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North Dakota District 32 incumbents, challengers announce runs

North Dakota District 32 incumbents, challengers announce runs

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Bismarck's District 32 legislators, from right, Rep. Pat Heinert, Sen. Dick Dever and Rep. Lisa Meier. At far left is Rep. Karen Rohr, of Mandan and District 31.

Republican incumbents and Democratic-NPL challengers have announced runs for North Dakota's District 32 House and Senate seats.

Sen. Dick Dever and Reps. Lisa Meier and Pat Heinert, all Republicans of Bismarck, announced their reelection bid on Thursday. District 32 encompasses an area of Bismarck south of Interstate 94.

Dever and Meier were first elected in 2000. They serve on the Legislature's interim Health Care Committee, Human Services Committee and Budget Section. Dever, who is a manufacturers representative, also serves on the Employee Benefits Programs Committee. Meier is an interior designer.

Heinert, who served three terms as Burleigh County's sheriff until 2019, was first elected to the Legislature in 2016. He serves on the interim Education Policy Committee and Judiciary Committee.

The District 32 Republican convention to endorse candidates and select delegates to the state convention is Jan. 29 at Wachter Middle School in Bismarck. 

District 32 Democratic-NPL Chairman Mark Haugen said Amelia Doll and Carl Young each plan to seek the district party's Senate endorsement, while Krisanna Peterson plans to seek the House endorsement. Haugen did not provide background information on them.

Haugen said he is talking to two other candidates on Friday but didn't offer additional names. The district party's convention is Feb. 1 at Simle Middle School in Bismarck.

Twenty-three Senate seats and 46 House seats are on the 2020 ballot.

Reach Jack Dura at 701-250-8225 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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