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Mail and Date Not a Problem, Map Is: Secretary of State Will Certify Libertarian Candidates, Minus Two Misdistricted Senate Hopefuls

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.


  1. Nick Nemec 2022-05-07 08:23

    If you can fog a mirror you can be nominated for statewide office by the Libertarian Party.

  2. Mark Anderson 2022-05-07 10:36

    Nick’s comment is true and it shows how America’s democracy and two party system is flawed. Winner take all is for sports and not a way to run a state or the country.

  3. CK 2022-05-07 15:41

    Curious…just where does Kurt Evans teach? He’s not currently certified in SD.

  4. Arlo Blundt 2022-05-07 19:58

    Attention to details seems to be a problem for Libertarians….they just don’t like the small print.

  5. jakc 2022-05-08 11:30

    an alternative voice? most libertarians seem to be christian conservatives who want to smoke pot, barely distinguishable from their republican counterparts

  6. Gideon Oakes 2022-05-08 14:41

    Jakc — You should get to know more Libertarians. There are some who match your generalization. Many who don’t. As “big tent” parties go, it’s about as broad a spectrum of membership and ideals as you can get.

    To become a Libertarian, one must merely signify their opposition to the initiation of force as a means of achieving political or social goals. That’s literally our single binding principle: Don’t hurt people and don’t take their stuff.

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