Three weeks ago I noted with dismay that the Secretary of State’s list of 2022 candidates showed only one independent running for any office in state government, Brian Burge of Marion seeking the District 16 Senate seat.
But then the SDGOP spin blog noticed that the Secretary of State decided to create a separate list of independent candidates. Why two lists exist is inexplicable: the regular, easier-to-use list of primary candidates includes Burge and several independent candidates for county offices. But apparently Secretary Steve Barnett decided to dump the rest of the independents on a separate, unfilterable, and messy PDF, in which candidates are grouped by office but are otherwise listed randomly, not ordered by last name, first name, filing date, or address.
Whatever whim possessed the Secretary to waste resources creating separate candidate lists, the indy list still shows no independents seeking statewide office but four independents seeking seats in the Legislature:
- Brian Burge, Marion: District 16 Senate
- Lora Hubbel, Sioux Falls: District 13 Senate
- Calvin Reilly, Belle Fourche: District 28B House (single-seat district)
- Susan Wismer, Britton: District 1 Senate
Former legislator and frequent fringe conservative candidate Hubbel will face incumbent Republican Senator Jack Kolbeck of Sioux Falls in the general election. Well-whiskered Reilly, who is Butte County’s first licensed medical marijuana dispenser, will face the winner of the District 28B Republican primary between former legislator Thomas Brunner of Nisland and Neal Pinnow of Lemmon. Former legislator Wismer, whom Secretary Barnett first certified then booted from the ballot as Democratic nominee for petition errors, will face the winner of the Republican primary between incumbent Senator Michael Rohl of Aberdeen and Joe Donnell of Sisseton.