The North Dakota Supreme Court has ruled that the Democratic nominee for insurance commissioner is ineligible for the November ballot.
In a unanimous opinion, the high court upheld a lower court ruling that concluded Travisia Martin hasn’t lived in the state long enough to hold the office.
The North Dakota Constitution requires statewide officials to be a resident of the state for five years prior to an election for statewide office.
Martin, of Bismarck, said she moved to North Dakota in 2015 and worked as a traveling critical care respiratory specialist. She said she also owned a home in Nevada at the time and considered herself a resident of both states.
North Dakota’s Republican Party cited Martin’s November 2016 vote in Nevada as evidence of her ineligibility to hold office, based on a five-year residency requirement for executive branch officials.
Democrats endorsed Martin in March to run against Jon Godfread, who is seeking a second term. He was elected to the position in 2016, defeating Democrat Ruth Buffalo by a 2-to-1 margin.
A Democrat hasn’t headed North Dakota’s Insurance Department since 2000, and only three have served in the office since statehood.
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Topics North Dakota
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