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Published December 15, 2011, 11:00 AM

ND GOP Senate leader running for PSC

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Senate's assistant Republican majority leader says he's running for the state Public Service Commission.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Senate's assistant Republican majority leader says he's running for the state Public Service Commission.

Randy Christmann is having news conferences in Fargo and Bismarck on Thursday to talk about the campaign.

Christmann is the first declared candidate for the commission seat being left open by the departure of incumbent Republican Tony Clark next year.

The 51-year-old Christmann represents a large part of west-central North Dakota's coal-producing region. The Public Service Commission supervises the reclaiming of land that's been mined for coal.

Christmann says North Dakota's energy development has increased the PSC's importance. He says the agency has been doing a good job and he wants to make sure that continues.

Christmann ranches near Hazen. He was first elected to the Senate in 1994.

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