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ND House Speaker Wes Belter won’t seek re-election next year

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota House Speaker Wes Belter won’t seek re-election when his term is up next year.

He tells KFGO-AM that the timing is right and he wants to spend more time with his grandchildren and friends. The Republican lawmaker from Fargo was first elected to the Legislature in 1984.

The 70-year-old Belter says his wife is doing well after undergoing a double lung transplant in June and both want to enjoy retirement.

Belter’s district covers southwest Fargo, West Fargo, Horace and parts of rural Cass County, which is much of the same area his grandfather and father represented dating back to the 1930s.

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Information from: KFGO-AM, http://www.kfgo.com

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