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Tornow Petitioning to Trigger GOP House Primary in District 14

District 14 Republicans may have primaries in both their Senate and House races. Attorney and former House member R. Shawn Tornow today took out a petition for a District 14 House seat.

R. Shawn Tornow, nominating petition, District 14 House, candidate's declaration notarized 2018.03.19.
R. Shawn Tornow, nominating petition, District 14 House, candidate’s declaration notarized 2018.03.19.

(By the way, notary public Romaine J. Kappel, don’t forget to renew your notary seal by Friday!)

R. Shawn Tornow
R. Shawn Tornow

District 14 Republican incumbents Tom Holmes and Larry Zikmund have already filed their petitions for reëlection to the House. If Tornow collects and submits to the Secretary of State at least 50 valid Republican signatures by 5 p.m. next Tuesday, he will trigger a primary.

Tornow represented a differently shaped District 14 in the House in 2005–2006 and in 2011–2012. Tornow teamed with Republican Joni Cutler to win his first term in the 2004 election over a single Democratic challenger, Kevin Miles. Tornow lost in the 2006 general to Cutler and Democrat Marc Feinstein. Tornow won back a District 14 seat in a recounted general election in 2010, beating Republican David Bose and Democrat Jeff Winters to join Feinstein in the House. Tornow got knocked out in the 2012 GOP primary by Zikmund and Anne C. Hajek. Hajek and Feinstein won District 14’s House seats in the 2012 general election.

District 14 already has a GOP Senate primary: Tyler Swanger is taking another swang at Republican incumbent Senator Deb Soholt. (Swanger ran for the same seat as an independent in 2016 and lost to Soholt 69%–31%.)

No Democrats have filed petitions yet in District 14, but expect Erin Healy to file her House petition shortly.


  1. South DaCola 2018-03-20 09:05

    This crook should never be let near a governing body again. He was fired from the city of Sioux Falls for fixing a ticket for his daughter (she was also fired from the city for not having the proper job qualifications). He dragged my friend Dan Daily thru court for over 7 years, only to lose in SD Supreme Court because the city’s code enforcement is unconstitutional. He is a travesty to integrity in government and needs to go away, far away.

  2. jerry 2018-03-20 09:39

    Sounds like the kind of guy that should be going to Rushmore for the tax scam rally on April 15. Dude would fit right in as a poster child with the kind of chops that will make the rest of the gang there salivate. That fixing ticket thing could be the beginning of a great relationship in the republican cabal called Pierre.

  3. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-03-20 22:33

    Tornow and Nelson are kindred spirits. Tornow has lawyered for Nelson.

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