Governor preparing for legal fight over Bismarck-area House seat

Gov. Doug Burgum is seeking legal representation for a likely lawsuit over a Bismarck-area state legislative seat won by a deceased candidate.


The governor on Friday asked Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to appoint three attorneys with Vogel Law Firm in Bismarck to represent him “on legal matters related to Legislative District 8’s membership in the North Dakota House of Representatives.”


Burgum last week appointed Washburn coal executive Wade Boeshans to the District 8 House seat won by David Andahl, 55, of Baldwin, who died Oct. 5 from COVID-19. Andahl and Dave Nehring, of Bismarck, won seats with 36% and 41% of the vote, respectively. District 8 is a swath north and east of Bismarck.