By Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Fargo attorney Jason Astrup says he will seek the Democratic endorsement for North Dakota tax commissioner.

Astrup specializes in business law, tax law, and estate planning. He says in a statement that he will announce his candidacy on Wednesday in Fargo and Bismarck.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple appointed Republican Ryan Rauschenberger in November to serve the remainder of Cory Fong’s term. Fong resigned at the end of the year to work for a Bismarck-based advertising agency.

Rauschenberger served as the state’s deputy tax commissioner since 2009. He says he will seek the Republican endorsement for tax commissioner.

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