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North Dakota Democrats endorse 4 state candidates

Ryan Taylor
Ryan Taylor

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Democrats wrapped up the opening day of their state convention in Fargo by endorsing Ryan Taylor for agriculture commissioner.

The rancher from Towner was on the party stage two years ago when he was endorsed for governor. The Republicans swept all state offices in the last election.

Taylor told delegates Friday that the state needs balance and Republicans have not done a good job ensuring that agriculture and oil development can exist together.

Democrats endorsed three other relative newcomers for state offices.

Tyler Axness, fresh off one term in the state Senate, was nominated for a two-year term on the Public Service Commission. Kiara Kraus-Parr, the endorsed candidate for attorney general, and Jason Astrup, the choice for tax commissioner, are running their first campaigns for public office.

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