Dem-NPL Endorses New Insurance Commissioner Candidate, Petitions Supreme Court

 BISMARCK, ND —  The Democratic-NPL Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen and the party’s newly endorsed insurance commissioner candidate Jason Anderson filed a petition yesterday to the North Dakota Supreme Court challenging Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s refusal to replace the party’s candidate for insurance commissioner. Oral arguments take place September 2, 11 a.m.

The Supreme Court ordered Travisia Martin, the former Dem-NPL candidate for insurance commissioner, be removed from the ballot following a petition filed with the Supreme Court by the North Dakota Republicans. The court recognized that Martin was truthful about physically residing in North Dakota for the appropriate timeline to meet the election requirement of five years. Secretary Jaeger has refused to allow the Dem-NPL to replace the nominee whom Secretary Jaeger qualified to be on the June primary ballot. Martin received votes in the primary from more than 34,200 North Dakotans.

The Democratic-NPL Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen said: 

“In an oral argument hearing before the Supreme Court, it was observed that the NDGOP could have brought this lawsuit months earlier, but they delayed until the last minute tightening the timeline. North Dakotans deserve and expect to have the options they already voted for. The court overruled Secretary Jaeger twice last week, and we’re not going to take his word for it now.”  

On Friday, the Democratic-NPL Party Executive Committee, pursuant to North Dakota law, voted to endorse Jason Anderson, an insurance professional from Fargo, to replace Martin as the Dem-NPL candidate for Insurance Commissioner on the ballot.

Anderson said: 

“My number one job will be to make sure people have more options and better coverage, especially for those with preexisting conditions. Our insurance commissioner should be attracting companies to the marketplace to lower premiums and make healthcare affordable. Instead, he’s joined a lawsuit that would strip coverage for preexisting conditions from thousands of North Dakotans and eliminate funding for rural hospitals. People in this state are hurting, and I’ll bring to this office not only a strong understanding of the insurance industry, but also some much-needed humanity.”

About Jason Anderson

  • A licensed insurance agent with Mutual of Omaha since 2015
  • Raised on a ranch north of McHenry, ND
  • Graduated Bismarck State College with a degree in business
  • Former vice chair of The Democratic-NPL Party District 11
  • Volunteer Radio Host on Radio Free Fargo

For more information on the Supreme Court petition, contact attorney David Thompson at 701-739-3257.