Grand Forks Herald
A Democratic state representative from Grand Forks isn’t ruling out a run for North Dakota state auditor.
Rep. Corey Mock, D-Grand Forks, said Wednesday he’s been approached about running for the position next year. Robert R. Peterson, the incumbent Republican auditor, said this fall he would not seek a sixth term.
Mock, the assistant minority leader in the House, said he wants to gather family input.
“We just haven’t given any serious consideration to anything politically yet,” he said. “I imagine once family gets together over the holidays, we’ll have a chance to talk a little bit more and see if that’s something truly worth pursuing.”
Mock called the state auditor seat “an important position.”
“I have a colorful past in the Legislature talking about ethics, oversight and transparency,” he said. “While the auditor itself is not a position that has oversight—the kind of oversight I’ve been pursuing—it is an important agency in the state that I think could excel under the next chapter of leadership.”
Mock represents District 42 but lives in District 18 in Grand Forks. He moved there after being re-elected in 2012.
Rep. Marie Strinden, D-Grand Forks, announced this year she would not seek re-election in District 18 in 2016. Mock said he may still choose to run for that seat.
“That’s also part of the thought process,” he said. “It’s an interesting district, it’s a vibrant district and there’s a lot of people who would consider that opportunity.”
Mock ran for North Dakota secretary of state in 2010, but lost to Republican incumbent Al Jaeger. He is the executive director of the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals.