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Libertarian candidate Riemers charged with domestic assault

Roland Riemers

GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks man who is a frequent Libertarian political candidate has been accused of domestic violence against his wife.

Roland Clifford Riemers, 73, was charged Monday in Grand Forks District Court with simple assault-domestic violence, a Class B misdemeanor. He was booked Sunday evening into the Grand Forks County Correctional Center.

Court documents accuse Riemers of striking his wife, Meixiang Liu, in the face and stomping on her foot, causing pain, swelling and bruising. The incident allegedly happened 2 a.m. Sunday.

Riemers filed a domestic violence protection order against Liu in January 2016. Aside from traffic violations, this is his first charge in North Dakota.

Riemers has been a candidate for several local and statewide offices over the years as a Libertarian. He lost his latest bid for election in November, when he ran against Republican Josh Gallion for state auditor.

He also was unsuccessful in his 2016 campaign for the Grand Forks Public School Board in June.

Riemers was still in custody as of noon Monday and had an initial appearance scheduled for 1:30 p.m.