Plain Talk: Expect Drew Wrigley to announce a campaign for attorney general next week


North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley meets with The Forum editorial board Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Wayne Stenehjem, North Dakota’s long-time attorney general, announced recently that he’ll end a more than four-decades-long career in elected office once his term is up next year.

Who will replace him?

The name you’ll hear most often in those conversations is Drew Wrigley, who served two stints as North Dakota’s U.S. attorney, one under former President George W. Bush, and another under former President Donald Trump, and between them served six years as lieutenant governor under former Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

Wrigley joined this episode of Plain Talk to say nothing definitive about if he’s running, though it sure seems like he is. In addition to speaking about what his approach to the office would be, what priorities he’d focus on, and his philosophy about the job of attorney general, Wrigley hinted that those interested in whether he’s running or not might want to check the candidate filings at the Secretary of State’s Office in the first week of 2022.

This seems to me like a pretty good confirmation that he’s running.

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