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Independent SD Gubernatorial candidate Mike Myers will announce new running mate on July 8

July 3, 2014
Image from Mike Myers for Governor Facebook page

Image from Mike Myers for Governor Facebook page

Update: I forgot to mention Collier may have to stay on the ballot as reported by Powers over at DWC. Even if her name stays on the ballot, I don’t see any reason he can’t campaign with someone else. Collier can resign if Myers wins, and the other person cant be appointed.

Due to family health issues the running mate for Mike Myers Independent gubernatorial bid in SD had to pull out of the race. With Caitlin Collier out of the race Myers will now have to pick a new running-mate. The campaign will announce the new running-mate this upcoming Tuesday, July 8 in Sioux Falls. I’m sure some sources will attack Myers for this late and sudden change in his ticket. But things happen in life and its good to see Collier putting the health of family before politics.

I hope Myers is able to find a running-mate that is able to travel the state and bring attention to his issues. Myers has said he wants to host a series of town-hall meetings to build ideas and support for his healthcare coop idea. Doing so he will likely need help gathering ideas and selling the concept to voters. I also hope he is able to get wider support for industrialized hemp in South Dakota. I’ve spoken with many farmers about this in the Brown County area. There are more than a few excited about another potential source of revenue.

Another area Myers has to look at is fund-raising. Many consider the running-mate in such races to be someone who can bring a source of fundraising. That may be hard to do on an Independent ticket, but it is possible. If Myers can find a running-mate with fundraising experience that would be a huge bonus for him.

Here is the full press release for anyone that wants to see the details:


Independent Candidate for Governor Seeks New Running Mate

The Independent candidate for Governor, Mike Myers, is reluctant to announce that his good friend and choice for lieutenant governor is no longer able to seek the position on his ticket. The Myers campaign has lost Caitlin Collier as the nominee for Lieutenant Governor so that she can address an imminent health issue in her family. Myers and campaign associates are wishing Caitlin’s family the best outcome possible. Mike has personally visited with her to provide moral support and prayer. Caitlin will be missed from her important role in the early stage of the campaign, and is recognized as an outstanding mother and wife to her family.
Mike will be considering other candidates and discus the choices with supporters and friends. The campaign will officially nominate a new running mate on Tuesday July 8th in Sioux Falls. Mike is committed to choosing a running mate that is idea-centered, principled and serious about serving South Dakota. Mike is eager to move quickly into the next phase of his campaign, with expanded outreach to rural communities, fundraising and more one-on-one discussions with voters.

Mike Myers will make announce his new choice for Lieutenant Governor next Tuesday, July 8th at 11:30am the Main Library in Sioux Falls.
200 N. Dakota Ave Sioux Falls, SD 57117

Questions: Call campaign manager Tara Volesky (605) 354 – 1002

  1. Richard Winger
    July 3, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Will the state permit him to make the substitution?  South Dakota wouldn’t let John B. Anderson substitute a new v-p in 1980.  South Dakota is the only state that wouldn’t do that for him.  Although Anderson had to sue three other states to get substitution.  Unfortunately he didn’t get around to suing South Dakota so had the wrong v-p on the Nov. 1980 South Dakota ballot.

      Richard Winger 415-922-9779415-922-9779 PO Box 470296, San Francisco Ca 94147


    • July 3, 2014 at 11:10 am

      I actually don’t think they will. Over at DWC Powers did a good job showing why (I meant to mention that in this post, and forgot darnit). Collier will likely remain the name on the ballot.

  2. July 3, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Richard and Ken, Pat Powers doesn’t decide whether Catlin Collier remains on the ballot or not………the law does. Ken I can send you the confirmation from the SOS office, and the law. Mike Myers will be announcing his running mate July 8th. Thanks. Unfortunately, Catlin is officially off the ballot.

  3. July 3, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Two US District Courts have ruled that if states let parties substitute new nominees, those states must extend the same treatment to independent tickets. Anderson v Firestone (Florida 1980) and El-Amin v State Board of Elections (Virginia 1989).

  4. July 4, 2014 at 8:22 am

    You’re right Richard. That’s pretty much what they told me on the phone yesterday, same rules apply to the Indy. By the way……Have a great 4th of July!!!!!!

    • July 4, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      I think it will be interesting to see how Gant handles this. And more importantly if the new SOS pushes for any legislative changes in 2015.

  5. July 4, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Ken, Jason Gant signed Caitlin’s withdrawal papers which were also notarized. Show me the law where you can discriminate against a Statewide Independent and not let his candidate withdraw? I would think the 100,000 people that are registered Independent in SD are going to be quite upset. Just goes to show how the Independents are marginalized, and disenfranchised. This is complete BS. We are not a state of laws, we are a state of men in Pierre calling the shots.

  6. July 5, 2014 at 8:37 am

    It is unfortunate that although we live in an information age, campaign financing and big dollar commercials usually still decide these contests. If the Governor was elected by informed people based on policy and ability, this would be NO CONTEST. Mike would win in a landslide. I pray when he is given the opportunity to debate, people watch, listen, and learn! Big Bold Flashy commercials should not be what puts people in office. The ability to “out spend” your “opponent” should not put you in nor keep you in office!

    If you need to be told to “get out and vote”…. Maybe you should not exercise that right!
    Informed votes count the same as uninformed ones. Sad, but true.

    • July 5, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      I agree. That is why I hate Get Out The Vote (GOTV) drives. I would rather have Get Out The Informed Vote (GOTIV) pushes. A lack of looking beyond party or name association prevents good potential candidates from even coming close to getting elected. It is a tough problem to fix though….

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