The Secretary of State’s candidate website has a handy feature allowing users to sort certified primary candidates by their petition filing date. Click once, and you can see that the first candidates to submit petitions were Republicans seeking precinct committeeperson spots, which will give them votes in the bloody battle that will take place at the SDGOP convention in Watertown June 23–25 between Marty Jackley and Jason Ravnsborg.
Perhaps interestingly, three of those ten early birds have since withdrawn their once-eager petitions. Gary Schuster and Kelly Brack of Lincoln County Sioux Falls Precinct 1-11 filed for precinct committee seats on January 3. Manny and Barbara Steel filed to compete for those spots on January 12; Schuster and Brack withdrew their petitions on January 24. Then yesterday, James and Sarah Barnett filed to challenge to Steeles, and this morning, Secretary Barnett certified Hayley Halverson for that Lincoln SF 1-11 contest.
The other early filer to withdraw is Robert Thomason of Selby. He withdrew his petition for Walworth Precinct 03 committeeman yesterday. While there are two candidates for Walworth 03’s GOP committeewoman (Vivian Witlock filed on Valentine’s Day; Kathy K. Walker filed March 17), no one else filed for the committeeman spot Thomason abandoned. Thomason does remain on the ballot for Walworth County Commissioner in District 3, challenging incumbent Scott “Stubby” Schilling (that’s how Stubby wants his name on the ballot).
Click the petition filing date column again, and you can see the most recently filed petitions. Secretary Barnett is marking some petitions (like Hayley Halverson’s above) as filed today, March 30, although the deadline for filing partisan petitions was 5 p.m. yesterday, March 29. Perhaps Secretary Barnett is referring to the date that he received and filed them as certified. So far today we have new petitions for three GOP precinct committeepeople, one Republican delegate to convention (Trish Murphy, Lincoln County, Sioux Falls… and Trish! Who’s your pick for Attorney General?, one independent for county treasurer (Colleen Rae Meier in Dewey), and one Republican for South Dakota House District 26A, one Marshal Tinant.
Perhaps Tinant’s petition came in late because it takes mail longer to get to Pierre from Nebraska. Tinant lists his mailing address as 26650 299th Street, Crookston, Nebraska, 69212-7014.
Boy, I know the Legislature really did a number on the district map last November, but I didn’t know they managed to gerrymander the northern strip of Nebraska’s Cherry County into District 26A.
Crookston is a patch of not-much about eleven miles west of Valentine, five miles south of the border, 25 miles southeast of Rosebud, South Dakota, where his Democratic opponent Eric Emery lives, and 74 miles southwest of Winner, South Dakota, where his other Democratic opponent Alexandra Frederic lives. Google says Tinant prepares taxes in Valentine, Nebraska, but the Environmental Working Group says Tinant was the 26th biggest federal farm subsidy collector in Todd County, South Dakota, in 2020.
Tinant has been a Todd County Commissioner for years, so I’m sure his residency is all in order. A guy can certainly get his mail in one state but makes his bed in another. But South Dakota Republicans should be careful about letting folks with Nebraska addresses run for South Dakota office. You never what sort of radicals might sneak onto the ballot….