Election preview: Only one of seven state executive primary races contested in North Dakota

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June 11, 2012

By Ballotpedia's state executive team

BISMARCK, ND: Seven state executive positions are up for election in 2012: governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer, auditor, superintendent of public instruction and one seat on the public service commission. In order to appear on the primary ballot, a candidate must either be endorsed by an established political party and file a certificate of endorsement with the North Dakota Secretary of State or collect signatures equal to the 3% of the total votes cast for candidates for the same office in the last general election.[1] Because of this requirement, and because parties only endorse one candidate (or set of candidates in the case of governor/lieutenant governor), only one of tomorrow's primary elections is contested: the non-partisan race for North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction. Republicans currently hold all six of the other offices.

Incumbents are running for election in the races for governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer, auditor and insurance commissioner. The current superintendent of public instruction, Wayne Sanstead, who has held the office since 1985, and Tony Clark, the current chair of the North Dakota Public Service Commission, are not running for re-election.[2][3]

Governor/Lt. Governor

See also: North Dakota gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

In North Dakota, the governor and lieutenant governor are elected on a single ticket.

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Treasurer

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Auditor

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Insurance Commissioner

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Superintendent of Public Instruction

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The position of Superintendent is non-partisan - candidates run in the same ballot column and are not identified by party. However, GOP and Democratic convention delegates chose a candidate to support.

Public Service Commissioner

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