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Published December 05, 2011, 03:28 PM

ND State Rep. Koppelman Running For Congress

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A longtime North Dakota legislator is running for the state's U.S. House seat.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A longtime North Dakota legislator is running for the state's U.S. House seat.

The Forum reports that State Rep. Kim Koppelman officially threw his name into the race on Monday.

The 55-year-old Koppelman was first elected to the North Dakota House in 1994. He's a businessman in West Fargo.

The candidates are running to replace Republican Rep. Rick Berg, who is running for the U.S. Senate next year.

The other Republican candidates are Public Service Commissioners Kevin Cramer and Brian Kalk, former Department of Commerce Commissioner Shane Goettle and state Rep. Bette Grande of Fargo.

North Dakota Democrats have one declared House candidate, Pam Gulleson. Gulleson is a former North Dakota state lawmaker and top aide to former U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan.

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