BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ Republican Public Service Commission candidate Randy Christmann says he won't ask for a short-term appointment to the PSC.
Christmann says Wednesday he took himself out of the running because he wants to ``devote my full attention'' to the fall campaign.
Christmann and Democrat Brad Crabtree are running for the seat left open by the resignation of Republican Commissioner Tony Clark.
Christmann is a North Dakota state senator from Hazen. Before last week, his service in the Legislature made him ineligible to fill Clark's spot before the election.
However, North Dakota voters approved a constitutional change that allowed Governor Jack Dalrymple (DAHL'-rimp-ul) to pick Christmann.
Dalrymple says he will appoint someone to serve the six months left on Clark's Public Service Commission term.