North Dakota Ag Commissioner Goehring seeks re-election
BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is running for re-election.
The 52-year-old Republican was appointed to the job in 2009 by former Gov. John Hoeven when Democrat Roger Johnson resigned to make a successful run for the presidency of the National Farmers Union, based in Washington, D.C. Before that, Goehring ran twice against Johnson and lost both times.
Goehring defeated Democratic challengers Merle Boucher in 2010 and Ryan Taylor in 2014.
Democrats so far have no announced challenger this year.
Besides promoting agricultural interests and markets for farm products, the commissioner also sits on the state Industrial Commission, which regulates North Dakota’s oil industry.
Goehring says he also still farms and ranches near the rural community of Menoken, about 15 miles west of Bismarck.