- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota nurse and farmer has launched a campaign to oust the state’s agriculture commissioner.

Warwick resident Judy Estenson on Tuesday announced she is seeking the GOP nomination for the job.

Estenson says she’s grown weary of a government that seems to have expanded its “regulatory authority.”

The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/1fYMaUZ ) reports Estenson refused to elaborate on her statement.

The North Dakota Farm Bureau is supporting Estenson’s campaign. A bureau representative during the event said the group has lost confidence in agriculture commissioner Doug Goehring.

Goehring on Monday sent an email to farm bureau members defending his work. Goehring’s email also addresses a complaint alleging misconduct incidents involving female staff. He says he has apologized to them.

Estenson and her husband own a livestock and grain farm in Warwick.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com