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Fairfield declares candidacy for N.D. Secretary of State

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A former state legislator announced on Wednesday that she'll run against Al Jaeger for North Dakota Secretary of State. April Fairfield announced her candidacy to seek the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party's endorsement for Secretary of State on Wednesday, March 26 in Bismarck.

Fairfield, a non-profit executive director, is a former state legislator. She served in the North Dakota Senate from 2002 to 2006 and in the House of Representatives from 1996 to 2002.

"As a non-profit executive, I understand the importance of the Secretary of State's office and I'm troubled by the culture of incompetence that is plaguing the office. Mismanagement in the Secretary of State's office has a ripple effect that adversely impacts our state's voters, business community, and charitable organizations," Fairfield said in a news release Wednesday.

"Al Jaeger has been Secretary of State for the past 22 years. His record over that time has been one of incompetence and mismanagement. That's not a personal attack. It's a matter of public record."

Fairfield is originally from the Jamestown area. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Jamestown College and is also a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow. Fairfield now lives in Bismarck with her husband and daughter.

The North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party will endorse its slate of statewide candidates at the party's State Convention, which will be held this weekend, March 28-30, in Fargo.

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