Sioux Falls mayor Mike Huether called a press conference this afternoon to announce that he is leaving the Democratic Party and registering independent. According to reporter Patrick Anderson’s live Tweets from the sparsely attended event, Mayor Huether is heading to the courthouse right after the press conference to change his voter registration.
According to Anderson, Mayor Huether said, ‘There is a hunger for change,” but national-level Democrats are not responding to that hunger. “Party labels do not drive me,” said the mayor. Whether his new independent voter registration is part of a drive toward higher office remains unknown; Mayor Huether declined to say whether he is running for Governor or anything else in 2018.
But take note, South Dakota Democrats: one of the few prominent public figures mentioned as a possible Democratic contender to replace Dennis Daugaard has signaled to our voters that the Democratic brand isn’t worth sticking with.