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Kylie Oversen, the chair of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL and a former state legislator, announced her intention to run for the office of state Tax Commissioner at a press conference in Bismarck in 2018.

A former North Dakota lawmaker has been elected again as the Democratic-NPL party chair.

The party elected its executive officers on Saturday in Bismarck, returning Kylie Oversen to the position she held until resigning in 2018 during her unsuccessful campaign for state tax commissioner as the Democratic-NPL nominee. Oversen was previously a House lawmaker from Grand Forks, but lost her bid in 2016 for a second term.

“I am excited to get back to working on behalf of North Dakotans of all political stripes," Oversen said in a party statement.

"The Democratic-NPL is committed to building an economy that works for all, strengthening communities across the state and making sure all North Dakotans can realize the American dream. I’m grateful to be back at the helm, fighting for this great state.”

Oversen, a lawyer, succeeds Warren Larson, who was the party chair for 10 months after Oversen resigned last year. He expressed optimism for the 2020 election while the party is "fully staffed, financially sound and have no debt." Oversen's term as chair is for two years.

Democrats hold no statewide office in North Dakota and face Republican supermajorities of 79-15 in the House and 37-10 in the Senate.

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Reach Jack Dura at 701-223-8482 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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