|North Dakota Secretary of State|
|1992 - Present|
|Years in position||22|
|Predecessor||Jim Kusler (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Beulah High School (1961)|
|Bachelor's||Dickinson State University (1966)|
|Associate's||Bismarck State College (1963)|
|Other||Graduate work: University of North Dakota (1968) and Montana State University (1970)|
|Service/branch||North Dakota Army National Guard|
|Years of service||1966-1972|
|Birthday||December 10, 1943|
|Place of birth||Beulah, North Dakota|
|Profession||Real estate broker, marketing analyst|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Personal
- 6 Recent news
- 7 Contact Information
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
In his most recent bid for re-election, Jaeger easily defeated state Rep. Corey Mock (D) by a margin of 62.4 percent to 37.5 percent. Jaeger is running for re-election as North Dakota Secretary of State in 2014.
Jaeger has been an active member of the National Association of Secretaries of State, serving eight terms on its Executive Committee. Prior to his election as secretary of state Jaeger did not serve in any other offices. He was a self-employed real estate broker and had his own brokerage business.
Shortly following his graduation from Dickinson State University, Jaeger taught at Killdeer High School for three years and then at Kenmare High School for another two years. It was between 1966 and 1972 that he balanced his professional career with his duties as an active member of the North Dakota Army National Guard. After he moved to Fargo, North Dakota in 1971, Jaeger worked for two years as a marketing analyst for the Mobil Oil Corporation. From 1973 to 1992, Jaeger operated as a self-employed real estate broker, owning his own real estate brokerage firm in Fargo.
In addition to his professional work, Jaeger serves as Chairman of the NASS Standing Committee on Awards and Publications and liaison to the Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR) Section of NASS. He is also a member at large for the Executive Committee of the NASS, and a member of North Dakota Board of University and School Lands, of the North Dakota Emergency Commission Member, and of the North Dakota State Historical Society.
Jaeger has earned many awards and commendations throughout his career. He was named Realtor of the Year in 1980 by the Fargo-Moorhead Area Association of Realtors, and was Bismarck State College's Alumnus of the Year Award recipient in 2009.
- Graduated from Beulah High School (1961)
- Associate of Arts degree, Bismarck State College (1963)
- Bachelor's degree, Dickinson State University (1966) in business education
- Graduate work, University of North Dakota (1968)
- Graduate work, Montana State University (1970)
North Dakota Secretary of State (1992-present)
Jaeger was first elected to the post of North Dakota Secretary of State in 1992. He has since won re-election five times.
Candidate left off ballot
Joshua Voytek, a Libertarian candidate for the State Public Service Commission, was mistakenly left off the state's June 8, 2010 primary ballot as a result of misplaced paperwork. According to Secretary of State Jaeger, even though Voytek mailed the required forms, including a candidate affidavit and statement of his financial interests, in early April, he was not listed as an official candidate because "the documents were mistakenly attached to other business registration paperwork in his office when the mail received April 8 was opened." However, it was Jaeger's decision to place the third-party individual on the general election ballot, despite not receiving at least 300 votes to be eligible to run in the fall as required by state law, that drew the most criticism, especially from his Democratic opponent in the secretary of state race, Corey Mock. Even some conservative pundits in the state argued that "Jaeger may have overstepped his bounds."
Even though Jaeger stated that he discussed the matter with the State Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem prior to reaching his decision, Stenehjem denied a request made by Democratic State Senator John Warner for a formal legal opinion on the issue.
State Libertarian lawsuit
The Center for Competitive Politics, a Washington D.C.-based advocacy group, sued Secretary of State Al Jaeger on behalf of the Chairman of the North Dakota Libertarian Party and two candidates for the state legislature on the 2010 primary ballot that did not get enough votes to qualify for the general election. Oliver Hall, the attorney representing the Libertarians, claimed that the state's requirement to get a minimum amount of votes in the primary along with 7,000 signatures for ballot access is unconstitutional. Hall claimed the law restricts free speech and due process rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.
Jager told the Bismarck Tribune that it's not his responsibility to determine which election laws are constitutional. The state's top election officer said: "we follow the law, and if they disagree with the law, they have the right to pursue satisfaction for whatever they feel is a problem." North Dakota is the only state in the nation to have this type of a requirement for third party candidates to get on the ballot. Minnesota had a similar law until their Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional. According to Ballot Access News, no third party candidate for the legislature has qualified for the general election since 1976.
- 2010 General Election
- Jaeger won with 62.44% of the vote. He was unopposed in the Republican primary election.
|Secretary of State, 2010|
|Republican||Al Jaeger Incumbent||62.4%||145,882|
- 2006 General Election
- Jaeger defeated Kristin Hedger with 53.92% of the vote. He was unopposed in the Republican primary election.
|Secretary of State, 2006|
|Republican||Al Jaeger Incumbent||53.9%||115,341|
- 2004 General Election
- Jaeger won with 65.16% of the vote. He was unopposed in the Republican primary election.
|Secretary of State, 2004|
|Republican||Al Jaeger Incumbent||65.2%||193,088|
- 2000 General Election
|Secretary of State, 2000|
Comprehensive donor information for Jaeger is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Jaeger raised a total of $159,935 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 20, 2013.
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Al Jaeger's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Al Jaeger's Campaign Contributions|
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|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$135,161||$152,718||$14,865||$6,350|
|Top 5 contributors||North Dakota Association of Realtors||$15,260||North Dakota Association of Realtors||$7,000||North Dakota Association of Realtors||$3,200||North Dakota Association of Realtors||$1,500|
|Hoeven Committee||$6,000||North Dakota Education Association||$1,000||North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives||$1,000||Fargo-Moorhead Area Association of Realtors||$1,000|
|North Dakota Petroleum Council||$3,000||North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives||$1,000||North Dakota Education Association||$1,000||North Dakota Republican Party||$1,000|
|Lignite Energy Council||$2,500||BNSF Railway||$1,000||North Dakota Lignite Council||$500||North Dakota Education Association||$1,000|
|James Arthaud||$2,500||A.G. Golden|
|$1,000 each||Gregory Butler|
|$500 each||United Transportation Union||$500|
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Bismarck, ND 58505-0500
Phone: (701) 328-2900
Toll Free Phone: (800) 352-0867
Fax: (701) 328-2992
- Official North Dakota Secretary of State website
- Al Jaeger's Facebook profile
- Project Vote Smart - Al Jaeger biography
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "Biography of Al Jaeger," accessed July 13, 2012
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "Statewide election results November 2, 2010," accessed July 26, 2013
- Say Anything, North Dakota’s Statewide Incumbents Mostly Say They’re Running Again In 2014, July 24, 2013
- The Bismarck Tribune "Libertarian PSC candidate left off the ballot" 17 June, 2010
- Say Anything Blog "Corey Mock Has A Point About The Libertarian Candidate Ballot Mix Up" 24 June, 2010
- Say Anything Blog "Why Won’t Wayne Stenehjem Issue An Opinion About Libertarian Candidate Ballot Issue?" 25 June, 2010
- The Bismarck Tribune "Libertarians sue over election laws" 19 July, 2010
- North Dakota Secretary of State - 2010 Primary Election Results
- North Dakota Secretary of State - 2006 Primary Election Results
- North Dakota Secretary of State - 2004 Primary Election Results
- North Dakota Secretary of State - 2000 General Election Results
- North Dakota Secretary of State - 2000 Primary Election Results
- Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Alvin Jaeger," accessed May 20, 2013
- Follow the Money.org
- Project Vote Smart, "Al Jaeger Biography," accessed July 13, 2012
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