South Dakota Democrats and Republicans recruit candidates for 2022 election
SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – Time is officially running out for potential 2022 candidates.
Starting January 1, candidates could sign nomination forms with the South Dakota Secretary of State’s office and begin circulating petitions among members of their political party. In November, the people of South Dakota will vote for a US senator’s seat, a representative’s seat, a South Dakota governor, and state lawmakers.
State Law prohibits the printing of any candidate’s name on an official primary election ballot, unless a petition has been filed in that person’s name after December 31 and before March 29.
Officials from the South Dakota Republican Party and the South Dakota Democratic Party have made announcements calling on potential candidates to work with party offices.
Berk Ehrmantraut, executive director of the Democratic Party of South Dakota, said that with a new legislative map for districts, there were new opportunities for possible candidates.
âI think there’s always a little less energy in a non-presidential year, but these midterm elections really matter in South Dakota,â Ehrmantraut said. âWe really encourage people to take a look at their new district and decide if maybe now is the time for them to get involved. ”
Trying to get new candidates to run for office, Ehrmantraut said the biggest concern he heard from potential candidates was the current state of politics in America.
âIt’s very angry. He feels very divided. People are looking at this and wondering if this is something that they want to be a part of,â he said. We need a policy where people work together to solve problems.
Ehrmantraut said if people look at the current state of politics and don’t think it reflects the style of decision-making they like, they should run for office.
âThis is an indication that you should step up and be a leader for your community,â Ehrmantraut said. âRunning for office can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. This is your opportunity to chat with your friends, neighbors and members of your community about what matters to them.
The South Dakota GOP held a âCandidate Development Workshopâ in November and had a number of nominees declared.
There have been a handful of new Republican candidates announcing state legislative posts, but the GOP leadership has also seen Senator John Thune, the party’s oldest statesman, weigh his options of serving another six. years in the United States Senate or withdrawing from politics.
Thune told the Black Hills Pioneer last month his wife wanted him to retire and said this week to make an announcement on his decision by Sunday.
KELOLAND News has reached out to SD GOP Chairman Dan Lederman for a candidate recruiting interview and left a message at Republican Party headquarters in South Dakota. This story will be updated with any response received.
Republicans hold a solid lead on the electoral roll
At early 2022, South Dakota had 279,331 registered Republicans, 152,709 Democrats, 139,847 Independents, 2,605 Libertarians, 1,380 other registered and 63,510 inactive voters.
Legislative candidates in Republican and Democratic states need 50 signatures from people registered in their party or 1% of the vote for the candidate for governor of their party in their constituency for the 2018 elections.
Independent candidates for the US Senate, House or Governor need 3,393 signatures, while Republicans need 1,730 and Democrats 1,615 signatures.
Ehrmantraut said Democrats hope to have some sort of announcement regarding the governor’s race soon.
âWe continue to have conversations with people interested in running for governor and figuring out this logistics,â Ehrmantraut said.
It doesn’t matter who ends up competing in the statewide races, Ehrmantraut said the goal of the South Dakota Democratic Party is to win the state legislature. There is currently a Republican super-majority of 94 versus 11 Democratic members.
âWhen Peter gets too out of balance, too far to one side or the other, it’s just not good decision-making that happens,â Ehrmantraut said. “We get better policy, better solutions for the state when we have more balanced representation in Pierre.”