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Sorum considers entering governor race

BISMARCK -- A Fargo architect considering a run for governor thinks he could beat Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple and speculated Democratic challenger Heidi Heitkamp.

Paul Sorum, 49, said he's received "just an outpouring" of calls, emails and letters from people asking him to run for governor. Sorum, a Republican, lost the party's nomination for U.S. Senate last year to John Hoeven.

"I'm not making an announcement anytime real soon," Sorum said Thursday. "I'm strongly considering a run."

No one has filed for candidacy or made an official announcement in regard to the 2012 governor's race.

Sorum said he wants to see a limit on the rate of growth of government and more solutions for managing infrastructure and water in the state.

"I think our political leadership has avoided making tough decisions on any of these issues," he said.

He also wants to see more done to allow teachers to pursue quality teaching and improvement in education outcomes at all levels. North Dakota's government needs to promote state's rights and do more to protect the state's farms, energy industry and economy, Sorum said.

He said he learned from his failed attempt to win the Republican nomination for Senate.

"I know I can run a very effective campaign if I choose to do so," he said.

Teri Finneman is a

multimedia reporter for

Forum Communications Co.