- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A first-term state senator from Fargo is seeking a seat on North Dakota Public Service Commission.

Democrat Tyler Axness launched his campaign Tuesday.

He will run for a two-year seat held by Julie Fedorchak, a Republican. Gov. Jack Dalrymple appointed Fedorchak to fill the post in 2012, after it had been vacated by Republican Kevin Cramer who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Axness was elected to the state Senate in 2012. He works for a disability rights organization in Fargo.

The three-member Public Service Commission regulates coal mining, land reclamation, pipelines, electric and gas utilities, grain elevators, telecommunications and auctioneers.

Commissioners are paid more than $95,000 annually.

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