Wrigley Passes on Run for Governor

North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley (R), “who recently admitted to an extramarital affair, announced today that he will not run for governor in 2016,” the Fargo Forum reports.

Said Wrigley: “While Kathleen and I have been heartened by the many expressions and promises of support for a 2016 campaign for governor, we have concluded that the onset of a campaign is not consistent with the current needs of our family.”

Heitkamp Won’t Run for North Dakota Governor

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), “widely considered Democrats’ best hope for reclaiming the governor’s office in North Dakota for the first time since 1992, said Wednesday she will not compete for the job in next year’s election,” the Fargo Forum reports.

“Heitkamp said she still considers being governor the highest honor a public official can have, but she had to weigh that against issues she’s dealing with in Washington, such as new pollution standards for coal-fired power plants, the nation’s oil export ban and a new clean-water rule that would expand federal jurisdiction over some state waters.”

Wrigley Says Admission of Affair Won’t Derail Plans

North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley (R) admitted to having an extramarital affair after a blogger mentioned the rumored dalliance online, but he and his wife said they are still weighing a run for governor in 2016, the Fargo Forum reports.

Said Wrigley: “What’s changed today is that a very private matter that we’ve dealt with … has been forced out into the public discussion… Many months ago I went to Kathleen and I acknowledged to her that I had been unfaithful. That was an intensely difficult time and we turned to our longtime pastor and prayer and also to professional guidance to begin the process of reconstituting the trust that I had damaged.”

North Dakota GOP Wants to Change Succession Law

North Dakota Republicans will propose a bill to change the manner in which open Senate seats are filled, amid rumors that Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) is considering running for governor in 2016, the Say Anything Blog reports.

Heitkamp would choose her own successor under current law. The proposed change would require Senate vacancies to be filled by special election.