Our friends the Libertarians have announced a new, revised, and smaller list of nominees for the general election:
The Libertarian Party of South Dakota is pleased to announce the certification of our Candidates for the 2022 election cycle. Per SDCL 12-5-25 & 12-5-21 we are allowed to nominate our candidates at our State Convention which was recently held on April 23rd at the Cedar Shore Resort and Conference Center in Oacoma SD. Our candidates this year are the following:
- Tracey Quint – Governor
Works as an Outreach Coordinator at a local non profit organization and lives in Sioux Falls.
- Ashley Strand – Lt. Governor
Nurse’s Aid and lives in Rapid City
- Collin Duprel – United State House of Representatives
Cattle Rancher from Vale / Sturgis area
- Tamara J Lesnar – United States Senate
Small Business Owner from Grenville
- Rene Meyer – State Auditor
Realtor from Hartford
- Kurt Evans – Secretary of State
Teacher from Wessington Springs
- Sean Natchke – District 29 State House
Pilot and Heavy Equipment Operator from Sturgis
- Darren Freidel – District 33 State Senate
Cyber Security Engineer from Summerset
We are happy that Libertarians can once again be an alternative voice and choice for the voters all across South Dakota! [Libertarian Party of South Dakota, press release, 2022.05.06]
LP chairman Greg Baldwin says the Secretary of State has abandoned his misreading of statute on the deadline for an alternative party like the Libertarians to certify their nominees after convention and the concerns raised by the circuitous route their original certification letter took through the United States Postal Service. Baldwin says the Secretary did notice that the original roster of candidates did include three errors:
- Baldwin was nominated for District 17 Senate, but his Wakonda address appears to have been moved by the Schoenbeck Sparrow map into District 16.
- Chandler Losing was nominated for District 6 Senate, but apparently Losing’s address is not in the new District 6 on the Sparrow map.
- Darren Freidel’s name was misspelled on the original letter submitted to the Secretary of State. (German note: since it is Freidel and not Friedel, we may assume it is pronounced /fry-del/, not /free-del/—pronounce the second vowel!)
The Secretary of State has graciously allowed the Libertarians to correct the spelling of Freidel’s name; however, since the convention specifically nominated Baldwin and Losing for Districts 17 and 6, respectively, the Secretary cannot simply cross out numbers and nominate them for entirely different races. If the Libertarians want to place Baldwin and Losing on the Senate ballot, they’ll need to reconvene and renominate them for the correct districts and certify those nominations to the Secretary of State by August 9.
But the Libertarians’ slate of statewide nominees remains intact, and all South Dakota voters will see Ls on their ballots this November.