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Rep. Fehr to run in GOP primaries despite nomination loss

Rep. Alan Fehr announced Tuesday that he is seeking re-election despite a loss at the District 36 GOP nominating convention last month. Fehr, a Republican who also works as a psychologist in Dickinson, said he decided to run in the June primary e...

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Alan Fehr

Rep. Alan Fehr announced Tuesday that he is seeking re-election despite a loss at the District 36 GOP nominating convention last month.

Fehr, a Republican who also works as a psychologist in Dickinson, said he decided to run in the June primary election after he received enough petitions to do so.

“Right after the nomination, I had said I need to spend a little time kind of hearing from supporters, and so that’s really what I did,” he said.

Fehr, an incumbent, lost the vote to run for the two House seats to incumbent Rep. Mike Schatz and rural Dickinson resident Luke Simons.

District 36 represents parts of south Dickinson, as well as the rest of Stark County, east and north central Hettinger County, east Morton County and southern Dunn County.

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Fehr said many people reached out and encouraged him to still run, and he eventually decided it was “pretty doable,” judging by the support.

He said he had to learn the petition process first, however, but eventually got what he needed. Fehr said he collected more than the required amount of signatures in just a few days.

“Got the petitions and got them signed and got them turned in last week,” Fehr said.

Fehr is seeking his second term after being elected to the seat in 2012. Since then, he has been the vice chair of the Health Services Committee and a member of the Human Services and Healthcare Reform Review Committees, and the Agriculture Committee.

He has also expressed an interest in improving health care and behavioral health in the state.

Fehr said he’s hopeful for a healthy turnout in his favor at the primary

“I think I’ve done very good work,” he said. “I think a lot of people are familiar and comfortable with the work I’ve done. So, yeah, I feel pretty good about it.”

North Dakota GOP Chairman Kelly Armstrong, who is also the senator for the district, said he has come to know and respect Fehr well over the time they’ve served together in the Legislature.

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That said, Armstrong said he also respects the power of the endorsement process.

“Our endorsement process needs to mean something, and our endorsed candidates are … who the party supports as they move forward,” Armstrong said.

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