Gallion running in 2020

BISMARCK, N.D. - State Auditor Josh Gallion announced he is running for re-election in 2020. The sometimes embattled state auditor made it official in front of family and colleagues.

At GOP Headquarters, Gallion became the first state-level politician to announce he's running for re-election in 2020. And his audience featured other state officials who might be in similar spots soon.

Regardless, reports of party squabbling swirled months ago after the legislature attempted to usurp some of his procedural powers.

Thursday, Gallion was surrounded by GOP signage, as well as former Public Service Commission colleague and now Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.

"We're always thinking forward, thinking ahead, because yes, everything has impacts and consequences whether good or bad. And so we're trying to make sure we're constantly looking forward and planning ahead to make sure everything that we do is for the best interest of the citizens," Gallion said.

The auditor oversees an agency of 58 employees who overlook the budgets of the more than 70 state agencies. The Democratic Party has yet to announce a candidate to challenge Gallion. He won his first term in 2016, carrying three quarters of the vote.

Gallion planned on attending another campaign kick-off event in Fargo this afternoon. But due to weather, he wasn't able to make it. A new date has yet to be set.