- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEHN’-juhm) has kicked off his campaign for governor while former North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Sarah Vogel has established an exploratory committee for a potential bid.

Stenehjem was announcing his gubernatorial bid on Tuesday in Grand Forks, Fargo and Bismarck.

Stenehjem is a Republican. He is running for the seat being vacated by Gov. Jack Dalrymple. GOP Rep. Rick Becker, a plastic surgeon in Bismarck, also has announced a bid for governor.

No Democrats have entered the race. Vogel says she is mulling a run.

Vogel is a former North Dakota assistant attorney general and served two terms as agriculture commissioner, declining in 1996 to run for a third. She was defeated that year in a bid to become a state Supreme Court justice.

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