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Published April 10, 2012, 02:18 PM

Jacobson enters race for ND school superintendent

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Four people are running for North Dakota school superintendent, and the filing deadline is still three days away.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Four people are running for North Dakota school superintendent, and the filing deadline is still three days away.

Retired New Salem school principal Keith Jacobson and former Bismarck state senator Tracy Potter turned in petitions Tuesday to run for the job.

Potter was the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate two years ago.

Jacobson was the Republican candidate for school superintendent in 2004. He lost to incumbent Democrat Wayne Sanstead. Sanstead is retiring this year.

The North Dakota Republican and Democratic parties also have preferred candidates for superintendent.

Republicans are backing Kirsten Baesler (KEER'-stuhn BAYZ'-lur) of Mandan. Democrats are supporting Max Laird of Bismarck. Laird has run for the superintendent's job twice before.

All four candidates will run in the June primary. The top two finishers will run in November.

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