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Retired Air Force Colonel announces run for North Dakota House

James C. Kapitan

FARGO — James Kapitan, a retired Air Force colonel, announced Tuesday, March 6, that he is running for a North Dakota House seat from District 27, which includes south Fargo, Horace, Frontier, Briarwood and Stanley.

Kapitan, 75, of Fargo, retired from the Air Force Reserve and North Dakota Air National Guard after 38 years of service. His career focussed on disaster preparedness, law enforcement and counter espionage.

Kapitan worked 42 years with the city of Fargo — 23 years with the city assessor's office, one year as human resource director and 18 years as the manager of Hector International Airport.

Over the past 14 years, Kapitan has been an independent contractor for the state Department of Emergency Services. He currently serves as a member of the alumni foundation board for North Dakota State College of Science.

Kapitan is a graduate of NDSCS and North Dakota State University. He also served eight years as a member of the Fargo Park Board and was its president for two terms.

District 27 had an all-Republican delegation during the 2017 session with Rep. Thomas Beadle, Rep. Randy Boehning and Sen. Jonathan Casper. Casper has announced that he won’t seek re-election. Boehning hasn’t officially announced his intentions this year. And Beadle has said he will seek election to the North Dakota Senate from District 27.

Kristin Roers has said she’ll seek the district’s GOP nomination for the House.

The Democratic-NPL Party has endorsed Quinn Garrick for the Senate and Ruth Buffalo and Jon Kitzman for the House from District 27.

Kim Hyatt

Kim Hyatt is a reporter with The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and a 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth. She started her newspaper career at the Owatonna People’s Press covering arts and education. In 2016, she received Minnesota Newspaper Association's Dave Pyle New Journalist Award and later that year she joined The Forum newsroom.

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