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FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple kicked off his election campaign Tuesday in Fargo by pushing additional tax relief and promoting public safety in the western oil patch.

It is Dalrymple's first run for governor. The 63-year-old Republican took over for Gov. John Hoeven last December after Hoeven was elected to the U.S. Senate. Dalrymple had been elected lieutenant governor three times.

Dalrymple says North Dakota is the envy of the nation with its low unemployment and he believes it can stay that way. He says the state needs to keep pace with the growth while still spending its money wisely.

Dalrymple also announced that Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley would be his running mate.

The governor planned additional stops Tuesday in Grand Forks, Minot and Bismarck.

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News release from North Dakota Democrats:

Dem-NPL Chairman Greg Hodur issued the below statement following Governor Jack Dalrymple's announcement that he intends to run in his first Gubernatorial race:

"Jack Dalrymple's announcement comes as no surprise," Hodur said. "However, the real question is whether or not it is appropriate for him to spend this week campaigning, fundraising and essentially politicking instead of preparing for the Special Session?"  

"Those who are living in temporary housing in Minot, those who are paying $2,000 for rent in Williston and those along the Missouri in Bismarck are more interested in learning about plans to help their communities recover than they are in a political announcement," Hodur said. "Is it appropriate to be making a campaign stop in Minot and asking for their vote before getting them the flood relief they need?"

"There will be a time for politics after next week's important Special Session. In the mean time, there is work to do," Hodur added.

News release from Gov. Jack Dalrymple:

FARGO – Governor Jack Dalrymple announced during a statewide tour today that he is running for governor in 2012. Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley will be his running mate.. Capitalizing on the strength and prosperity North Dakota has earned over the last 11 years, Governor Dalrymple told the crowd of supporters he seeks to move the state ahead even further.

"North Dakota's economy is strong and growing, but in the next stage of our growth there will be new challenges," Dalrymple said during his announcement. "With the right leadership we will meet these challenges and do much more. I believe there is no limit to what we can accomplish in North Dakota."

Under Governor Dalrymple's leadership, North Dakotans will benefit from $500 million in property tax and income tax relief. Through careful fiscal management, the state is projected to build its reserves to more than $1 billion by 2013, while still making much-needed investments in statewide infrastructure improvements, education and in other priorities.

Dalrymple's focus on economic development promotes business growth and creating jobs when other states are losing businesses and jobs. North Dakota has more than 17,000 available jobs in many business sectors across the state. North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation and North Dakotans' personal income is growing at a rate that is more than double the national average.

"North Dakota is the envy of the nation and I believe we can stay that way," Dalrymple said. "Yes, we have challenges before us, but they will not define us. Together, we can rise to the task."

Dalrymple said meeting the state's challenges and building on our growth requires leadership with broad experience in both government and the private sector – experience he has acquired as a farmer, as the founding chairman of the nation's third largest pasta company and his 25 years of serving the people of North Dakota in the Legislature and Governor's Office.

"I have seen how government policy and regulation can either support or stifle opportunities," Dalrymple said. "That's the experience I bring to work with me every day at the Capitol. "Our policies will always include creating more opportunities. That means low taxes, consistent and sensible oversight and the most responsive state government anywhere."

Dalrymple's priorities include holding the line on spending, while using our earned prosperity for much-needed infrastructure improvements, permanent solutions to flooding and other water control issues.

Governor Dalrymple also said he will continue to fight government overreach that threatens to stifle our state's ability to succeed. "Being governor means being a strong partner. But, at times, it also means being a defender," Dalrymple said regarding his position on the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans which infringe on the state rights of North Dakotans. "As your governor, I will continue the fight against these ill-conceived plans until our rights as a state are acknowledged and respected."

The Governor credited the hard work of North Dakotans, which has afforded us the resources to take care of the diverse needs of our people.

The Governor's announcement tour included stops in Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot, and Bismarck on Tuesday; followed by Jamestown, Devils Lake, Williston, and Dickinson on Wednesday.

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