Legal complaint filed in effort to recall Conrad

Kent Conrad

FARGO – A group of North Dakota residents is pursuing a lawsuit against the Secretary of State’s Office for the right to recall U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad.

This spring, Fargo resident Joseph Wells submitted a petition for consideration by Secretary of State Al Jaeger in order to secure enough signatures and put the recall on the ballot.

However, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued an opinion in May saying North Dakota law does not allow for the recall of a U.S. senator. Citing the opinion, Jaeger then said he didn’t have the authority to approve the petition for circulation.

Wells and four other North Dakota residents are now taking the matter to state court, claiming Jaeger’s office is “unconstitutionally blocking” the petition effort.

A legal complaint has been filed in North Dakota Supreme Court, according to a statement from the nonprofit group RecallND.

RecallND is led by Wells, Fargo residents Nancy Wells, Calvin Schaible and David Miller, and Rob Port, a conservative blogger from Minot. Minot attorney Jeff Sheets represents the group.

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