Three Affiliated Tribes chairman won't run again

New Town, North Dakota (AP) July 2010

Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Marcus Levings says he will not seek a second term.

Levings says he recently met with U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan, the North Dakota Democrat who is not seeking re-election. He says Dorgan appeared “relaxed and happy” and got him to thinking.

Levings says he wants to spend more time with his family, and wants to fish and golf again. He says he has not made any definite plans for the future.

Levings was elected in 2006 when he defeated two-term chairman Tex Hall. Before that, Levings served eight years on the Tribal Council.

The tribe with 12,000 enrolled members will hold its primary election in September and general election in November.