BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A powerful Republican North Dakota lawmaker who lost his seat after being targeted by Gov. Doug Burgum has been chosen by party activists to return to his old seat to replace a candidate who died before the election.
Rep. Jeff Delzer was named by Republican district activists at a nominating convention Wednesday night to succeed David Andahl, who died Oct. 5 from coronavirus complications.
Exactly who takes Andahl’s seat is now the focus of a legal battle.
On Tuesday, the Democratic-NPL filed a motion to intervene in Friday’s Supreme Court proceedings, saying they believe they believe Kathrin Volochenko, who received the next highest number of votes among qualified candidates for the second District 8 House seat, should be seated.
The hearing on the matter is scheduled for Friday at 9 a.m.