Kurt Evans pops two bits of third-party news into the cycle. First, Evans tells us that he is once again a candidate for United States Senate. Evans accepted the nomination of the South Dakota Constitution Party Saturday to challenge Democrat Jay Williams and Republican incumbent Senator John Thune. This nomination is extralegal and depends on the Constitution and Libertarian parties prevailing in a pending ballot access lawsuit.
Evans ran for U.S. Senate in 2002 as a Libertarian. He considered running for Senate as a Libertarian again in 2014 but bailed before the campaign got going. The Libertarians re-recruited Evans in 2014 to run for auditor, in which race, absent a Democratic challenger, Evans spent no money and broke 20%, an impressive turnout on which the Libertarian Party might have built a little recognition and momentum. However, Evans left the Libertarians, considered an Independent bid for Senate this year, then changed his mind last October and returned to his Democratic roots in May to support Clinton as the “least-dangerous major-party candidate” in the Presidential race.
Meanwhile, the South Dakota Libertarians are toiling on. As Evans mentioned yesterday, our Libertarian neighbors will hold their convention here in Aberdeen on Saturday, July 30, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Unlike 2014, when the Libertarians convened in the Sioux Falls public library, they’re going all swanky and renting meeting space at the Aberdeen Ramkota. The convention is open to the public (and the press, I hope!), but only registered Libertarians can vote.