- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2020

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A veterinarian from western North Dakota said she is seeking the Democratic endorsement for governor.

The Bismarck Tribune reports 51-year-old Shelley Lenz made the announcement Friday at the party’s headquarters in Bismarck.

Lenz lives in Killdeer and Dickinson and has veterinary clinics in those cities. She previously served as a school board member in Killdeer.

Lenz is originally from Ohio and moved to North Dakota in 2007. She said her grandfather lived in North Dakota but moved during the Great Depression.

Republican Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford are seeking a second term. They won with 76% of the vote in 2016.



Democrats haven’t won the governor’s office in North Dakota since 1988. The party holds no statewide or congressional offices.

North Dakota Democrats will meet March 19-22 in Minot for their state convention, where they will endorse congressional and statewide candidates.

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