Mark Weber of Casselton, announced that he will seek the Republican endorsement for the District 22 State Senate seat that will be vacated by Sen. Gary Lee, R-Casselton.

“Our outstanding legislative leadership in District 22 has worked hard to keep taxes low, provide quality education, adequate human services, and a thriving and healthy business community," Weber said in a release. "If elected I hope to build on that solid foundation and I look forward to visiting with the people of District 22 on the campaign trail to learn of their concerns."

Weber has farming interests in rural Cass County and is a lifelong resident of District 22. He retired as director of the Northern Crops Institute at North Dakota State University, a position he held for six years. He served as executive director of the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association and North Dakota Soybean Council during his career.

He served on the board of directors for the holding company of Choice Financial Bank, currently the largest private agricultural lender in North Dakota and was also an original board member of the State Board of Agricultural Research.

Weber holds a Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics from North Dakota State University and is a member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church. He and his wife, Jadene, live in Casselton. Weber has two adult children.