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September 15, 2011

By Bailey Ludlam

Senate Minority Leader Ryan Taylor

BISMARCK, North Dakota: Senate Minority Leader Ryan Taylor, who is currently planning an informal tour in North Dakota, may be seeking the Democratic nomination in 2012's gubernatorial election.

"A lot of people have encouraged me to get my chair pulled up to the table, and I just wanted to let them know that they're being heard. I am interested," said Taylor.[1]

Taylor is not the first to inquire about the state executive office. News reports indicate that Heidi Heitkamp has express interest. Heitkamp is a former North Dakota attorney general and tax commissioner.[1]

Despite the inquiries, there are no official commitments for the 2012 gubernatorial race. Current officeholder Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R) has not yet announced if he plans to run for office. However, it is expected that Dalyrmple will announce his decision this Fall.

Dalrymple assumed office after being appointed in December 2010 following the resignation of John Hoeven. Hoeven resigned to take office as U.S. Senator.

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