BISMARCK — After the North Dakota Supreme Court twice intervened in the race for state insurance commissioner, there is only one candidate on the ballot for the Nov. 3 general election — incumbent Jon Godfread.

The Democratic-NPL Party does not have a candidate on the ballot, as their previous nominee was deemed ineligible by the North Dakota Supreme Court because she did not meet the state's residency requirements. The state's highest court also ruled the Democratic-NPL Party could not replace her with a different candidate, so many in the party are advocating for its supporters to back write-in candidate Jason Anderson.

Godfread, a Republican, said he is seeking a second term to continue advocating for the welfare of all North Dakotans. He said he is well-suited for the position, and if elected he would ensure all North Dakotans including farmers, ranchers and people who may not have easy access to insurance get the care they need.

Godfread said he enjoys providing services to North Dakotans in meaningful ways, which is why he is seeking another four-year term.

Jon Godfread, North Dakota's Insurance Commissioner
Jon Godfread, North Dakota's Insurance Commissioner

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On Nov. 10, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that could overturn the Affordable Care Act, something that Godfread is vocally in favor of, as he said states themselves can do a much better job advocating for its residents rather than the federal government.

Anderson, an insurance agent with Mutual of Omaha, is willing to serve in the position to protect North Dakotans with preexisting conditions, the Democratic-NPL party said.

Jason Anderson
Jason Anderson

"The insurance commissioner’s number one job is to make sure people have more options and better coverage, especially for those with preexisting conditions,' Anderson said in a statement. "... People in this state are hurting, and I would bring to this office not only a strong understanding of the insurance industry, but also some much-needed humanity.”

In 2016, Godfread won the seat by garnering 64% of the votes.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Michelle Griffith, a Report for America corps member, at mgriffith@forumcomm.com