“There is a lot to be said for an individual with (25) years of experience, but when that individual refuses to keep up with some of the most basic technological advances, it’s time for us to drain the prairie and elect a secretary of state who will move us forward,” Boschee told the Democratic State Convention delegates at the Alerus Center.
Boschee, the minority leader in the North Dakota House of Representatives, unanimously won the Democratic endorsement for secretary of state, a seat held by Jaeger since 1992. The floor also was united in endorsing Democratic Party Chair Kylie Oversen for tax commissioner, who likely will face incumbent Ryan Rauschenberger.
Oversen plans to maintain her role as her party’s chair but will step down if she is elected to the tax commissioner office.
“‘I told you so’ moment”
Oversen called the budgeting of North Dakota’s government a mismanagement by Republicans, adding the state’s financial woes were not just a result of depressed oil and agriculture prices.
She also pointed to what she called poor tax policy as a reason for lost revenue and cited policies like decreasing the oil extraction cut in 2015.
“This has been one big ‘I told you so’ moment,” Oversen said.
Rauschenberger, who is running for re-election in November, was appointed to tax commissioner in 2013 by former Gov. Jack Dalrymple. He won his first election to the seat in 2014.
Oversen said a tax commissioner must be transparent, have integrity and advocate for fair tax policy.
“On all of these counts, our current tax commissioner has failed,” she said. “Let me be clear: the problems he brings to this office has nothing to do with addiction. They have everything to do with the inability to do the job right.
Rauschenberger was arrested for drunk