Grindberg not running for U.S. House in 2012

Tony Grindberg

FARGO – A Fargo legislator said today he won’t run for the GOP nomination in the 2012 U.S. House race.

After several months of weighing the decision – including two trips to Washington, D.C. on his own dime, state Sen. Tony Grindberg says he wants to stay where he is.

“In trying to determine where the next 10 years of my life is going to be, I strongly feel that where I can add the most value is staying in the state Senate in this unprecedented time in our state’s history,” Grindberg told The Forum this morning.

Grindberg said he has another candidate in mind to endorse but he won’t say who for another couple weeks yet until the candidate pool is more solidified.

Grindberg had been among a slew of Fargo legislators considering bids, one of whom has already entered the House race. Bette Grande announced her campaign last month, and she faces Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk in the battle for state Republicans’ support next spring.

Other Republican lawmakers still considering House bids include House Majority Leader Al Carlson and Sen. Tim Flakoll, both of Fargo, and West Fargo Rep. Kim Koppelman.

Grindberg, 50, is the executive director for North Dakota State University’s Research & Technology Park. He’s been a state senator representing Fargo since 1992 and previously spent four years as the Republican caucus chairman.

Grindberg was among the early birds to express interest in running for federal office in 2012. In January, he’d circulated a letter to gauge support for a possible campaign.