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Senate candidate owes thousands to IRS and credit union

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A Republican candidate running in the upcoming state Senate primary in District 35 is under intense scrutiny.

Bismarck resident Ryan Eckroth is facing a federal tax lien from the IRS and a court judgment against him for a debt he owes to a local credit union.

KX News has obtained these documents showing that the Internal Revenue Service and First Community Credit Union have both filed lawsuits against Eckroth for non-payment of federal taxes and for a personal debt he owes the credit union.

Public records indicate that the IRS outstanding balance is $11,794 and the First Community Credit Union debt is $6,015.01.

These new revelations come on top of recent reports that Eckroth’s insurance sales license was revoked following a cease and desist order from the North Dakota Insurance Commissioner.

Eckroth allegedly signed up customers for policies they didn’t want and then took commissions for fraudulent sales of those policies. Eckroth agreed to return his license but admitted no wrongdoing in the matter.

In his Jan. 10 press release announcing his candidacy, Eckroth wrote, “Whether it’s education, health care, or public safety, it all ultimately comes down to finance.” Appropriate allocation of public funds is needed to continue to strengthen these systems, and I will ensure that these views are recognized.

When KX News called Mr. Eckroth to ask why he hadn’t paid those debts as he sought to represent the people of District 35, Eckroth responded by saying, in quotes: “First of all, you wrong year. I would love to sit down, but it’s not the time right now, I’m doing something, if you can call me later, I’m in the middle of waving. final quote.

Mr. Eckroth told me to call him back around 2 p.m. Wednesday, but he didn’t answer and hasn’t called yet.