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Published September 05, 2012, 03:53 PM

North Dakota governor candidates argue about handling of oil boom

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Democratic governor candidate Ryan Taylor believes incumbent Republican Jack Dalrymple hasn't done a good job managing the effects of North Dakota's oil boom.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Democratic governor candidate Ryan Taylor believes incumbent Republican Jack Dalrymple hasn't done a good job managing the effects of North Dakota's oil boom.

Dalrymple says there's some catching up to do. But he says his administration has done well at trying to build new roads, housing, classrooms and public works to deal with the influx of people.

Taylor and Dalrymple met in Bismarck on Wednesday for their first debate. The North Dakota Broadcasters Association hosted debates for governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House.

Dalrymple says his administration has poured more than a billion dollars into public works in western North Dakota. He says new affordable housing has helped people whose rents have skyrocketed.

Taylor says Dalrymple and the Republican-controlled Legislature has been slow to respond to western North Dakota's needs.

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