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State Supreme Court to hear case over the Democratic-NPL candidate for Insurance Commissioner


The state Supreme Court will hear arguments August 4 on whether the Democratic candidate for state insurance commissioner is eligible to be elected.

The North Dakota Republican Party has asked the court for a “writ of mandamus,” saying Travisia Martin is not eligible to be on the ballot.

State law says a candidate for statewide office has to have been a resident of North Dakota for at least 5 years. The GOP says Martin voted in Nevada in 2016.

For her part, Martin says she moved to North Dakota in 2015 to work as a respiratory specialist. She said at the time, she owned a home in Nevada, and considered herself to be a resident of both states. She said she did vote in Nevada.

Martin claims only North Dakota residency now.

The incumbent Commissioner is Republican Jon Godfread.

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