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Published March 15, 2012, 03:34 PM

Longtime Fargo lawmaker running for state auditor

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A longtime Democratic state lawmaker is running for North Dakota auditor.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A longtime Democratic state lawmaker is running for North Dakota auditor.

Rep. Scot Kelsh, of Fargo, has served in the legislature for 16 years. His father, Jerome Kelsh, is the minority leader in the state House.

The Democrats will nominate their candidates at this weekend's state convention in Grand Forks.

The 49-year-old Kelsh says he believes the auditor's office should have been more aggressive in reviewing some state agencies, particularly Workforce Safety and Insurance.

Republican Robert R. Peterson has been the state auditor for 16 years. His father, Robert W. Peterson, held the office for 24 years.

Kelsh says North Dakota has turned into a one-party state and he doesn't think it's healthy.

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