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Bommarito is new N.D. GOP executive director

BISMARCK -- Michael Bommarito is the new executive director for the North Dakota Republican Party and his predecessor, Mike Schatz, is now a deputy director.

BISMARCK -- Michael Bommarito is the new executive director for the North Dakota Republican Party and his predecessor, Mike Schatz, is now a deputy director.

The party made the announcement Tuesday. Bommarito began the job Monday.

Schatz, of New England, remains on the staff as deputy director for western North Dakota. He is also a candidate for the Legislature in District 36.

Schatz had become executive director in July, replacing longtime staffer Jason Stverak, who left for the Rudy Giuliani campaign.

Party Chairman Gary Emineth of Bismarck said the change in staff came because Schatz must be able "to (a) run successful campaign and to represent District 36 to his fullest capacity" and to spend more time among his constituency rather than directing party business on the state level.

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Schatz previously served a two-year term in the state House, 1989-90.

Bommarito, 42, has lived in Bismarck for four years, where he's worked for the Bismarck-Mandan Salvation Army as operations director. He's originally from California and is a lifelong Republican, he said.

"Most of my career is in administration, fund raising and public relations," he said. Before moving to Bismarck, he worked for an international leadership development agency in Budapest, Hungary, as its country director.

His wife, Kate Bommarito, has done volunteer publicity work for the party for the past few months. Bommarito said he will take over the publicity functions for the party.

The party also has a deputy director for the Red River Valley, Joe Miller, who is also running for the Legislature, seeking the District 16 Senate seat

Janell Cole works for Forum Communications Co,, which owns The Dickinson Press.

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