- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Southeast District Court Judge Jerod Tufte has announced his candidacy for the North Dakota Supreme Court.

Tufte announced his bid on Thursday. He is the first person to declare candidacy for the high court seat being vacated by Justice Dale Sandstrom, who announced his retirement last month.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple appointed Tufte to the bench in 2014. Tufte was Dalrymple’s staff attorney for four years prior to that.

Tufte holds a law degree from Arizona State University. He has served as a state’s attorney in Kidder and Sheridan counties. He also is a member of the National Guard, has served as legal counsel to military commanders and served a tour of duty in Kosovo.

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