BISMARCK -- Sarah Vogel has announced that she will not seek the Democratic-NPL endorsement for governor, leaving the field wide open to Republicans vying to hold the seat.
Vogel, a former agriculture commissioner who had formed an exploratory committee and attended fundraisers around North Dakota, said she was better able to advance her causes as a lawyer and through civic engagement.
“After careful consideration, research and meeting with everyday North Dakotans across the state, I have decided not to run for governor,” she said in a statement released Thursday night. “I believe I am in a better position to serve the people of North Dakota from the private sector -- as an attorney, a member of many statewide, regional and national boards, and as an advocate for once again making North Dakota a safe and healthy place to live and raise a family.”
Vogel, who was twice-elected agriculture commissioner and served from 1989 to 1996, practices law in Bismarck. She thanked her supporters and said it was humbling to receive encouragement to run.