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Insurance Commissioner Godfread seeks re-election

Oct 17, 2019

North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread (R) announces for re-election in Bismarck.
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North Dakota’s Insurance Commissioner wants a second term.

Republican Jon Godfread has announced he’s running for re-election.

"Insurance is a promise," Godfread told Bismarck reporters. "A promise that is fundamental to the success of our economy, fundamental to the risk takers who are moving the economy forward, and fundamental to our families for peace of mind."

Godfread said if re-elected, he would continue to be the "fair, consistent and accessible" commissioner.

Godfread said he’s proud of his work to establish a “re-insurance” program, to help people afford health insurance. He said he’s also proud of establishing an “Autism Bulletin” to safeguard coverage and treatment options for children and families dealing with Autism. And he points to efforts to make sure more of the insurance premium taxes pay for fire protection go back to local fire departments.

But Godfread said there is more work to do – especially on health insurance.

"As a state insurance regulator, we regulate every line of insurance, except for health insurance and flood insurance," Godfread said. "It's no coincidence those are the two issues we have the main problems in."

Grdfread said he will continue to fight for more state-based controls in those two areas.

"Working with our department and with the Legislature, we can solve those problems better," Godfread said.

No Democrat has yet announced for Insurance Commissioner.