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Rick Becker to run for first full term in Legislature

BISMARCK, N.D. _ Freshman Bismarck lawmaker Rick Becker announced Friday that he’ll be running for his first full four-year term in the North Dakota Legislature.

Becker represents District 7 and was elected in 2012.

His district, created by redistricting in 2011, consists of part of northeast Bismarck and part of the outlying area in Burleigh County north of Bismarck. All odd-numbered districts in the Legislature are up for election this year.

In a statement an-nouncing his candidacy, Becker touted what he called his “very conservative voice” in the Legislature. He said minimizing waste and government growth are an important challenge due to the state’s strong oil tax revenue.

Becker attended the University of North Dakota School of Medicine. He owns Becker Plastic Surgery in Bismarck.

Becker serves on the Transportation Committee and the Industry, Business, and Labor Committee.

Fellow freshman Republican Jason Dockter from District 7 also is running. No Democrats had announced challenges as of Friday.

The Republican Party’s District 7 nominating convention is at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at Shiloh Christian School.

Reach Nick Smith at 250-8255 or 223-8482 or at nick.smith@bismarcktribune.com.

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