Even if Senate Bill 69 takes effect, legislative candidates won’t have to start their petitioning until December 1. But we already have three candidates, each of different persuasion, announcing their candidacy—or something close to it—for two months of fun in the Capitol.
Ethan Marsland of Black Hawk says he is “considering a 2016 run for State House in South Dakota’s 33rd Legislative District.” His consideration seems to be leaning strongly yes: he has set up an Act Blue account to take campaign contributions, and he has scheduled a Big Announcement event for Saturday, August 22, 10 a.m., when he is “expected to announce his candidacy for State House in district 33.”
Marsland efficiently if cautiously managed Oren Lesmeister’s campaign for District 28 Senate last year. This year Marsland has been helping Rapid City petitioners promote the referendum push against SB 69 and SB 177.
Marsland joins District 15 Indy-Lib Eric Leggett, who’d like to run for the Sioux Falls seat Patrick Kirchman will vacate, and District 32 Republipastor Sean McPherson, who thinks the House doesn’t have enough clergy.
I’m all for getting involved, and I’ll cheer at least one of these guys to victory (Leggett’s philosophical bent could make that two!). But I hope the Legislature is not evolving toward a two-year campaign.