BISMARCK – The accounting manager for the North Dakota Public Service Commission will announce his candidacy for state auditor on Tuesday, becoming the second Republican to seek the seat being vacated by retiring Auditor Robert R. Peterson.

Josh Gallion of Bismarck, who has been with the PSC for more than five years and also serves as its weights and measures program manager, will officially announce his candidacy at press conferences Tuesday in Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks, according to a news release Sunday. Gallion said Monday he would not answer questions about his candidacy in advance of the press conference.

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Then-Bismarck Tribune publisher Brian Kroshus told the newspaper Oct. 22 that he will seek the GOP nomination for state auditor. He also said he would step down as publisher to avoid a conflict of interest.

Peterson, a 64-year-old Republican, will retire at the end of his term next year, capping off a 20-year career in the seat that his father, Robert W. Peterson, held for 24 years before him.

No Democrats have announced a run for the office.