SD 2016 Primary Election Legislative Races

Updated 6/7/16. The primary is done. The winners have been highlighted with their party color and the losers have been highlighted Orange. This list will no longer be updated, now the 2016 General Election legislative races page will be the primary source for links. 

Here is a list of links I use when researching South Dakota state legislative candidates for the 2016 election. I’ve made it available for anyone to use. If possible I try to find social media accounts for candidates. I also tend to use Ballotpedia to check out some basic facts on candidates. Finally, if the candidate has served in the last few years I link to the SD LRC website for the years they served. That allows me to see what bills they were the sponsors for.

This particular list has only the legislative primary races for the 2016 election!

District 3 (Brown)

State Representative  – 2 Seats – Rep Al Novstrup is running for State Senate. There is a primary on the Republican side.

Rep Dan Kaiser (R, Dist 3) – Incumbent
Website – Facebook – Twitter – Ballotpedia – VoteSmartOpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: House 2016 2015 2014 2013
SDPB Video: 2014 2012

Drew Dennert (R)
Facebook – Twitter – Ballotpedia – VoteSmartSoDakLiberty

Todd Kolden (R)
Facebook – Ballotpedia – VoteSmartSoDakLiberty

 District 5 (Codington)

State Senator – Sen Ried Holien is not seeking reelection (he had his petition in, but withdrew it). Primary on the Republican side.

Rep Roger Solum (R, Dist 5) – Solum is term-limited in the House and is seeking the Senate seat.
Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – OpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: House 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009

Neal Tapio (R)
Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty

 District 7 (Brookings)

State Senator – Primary on Republican side.

Sen Larry Tidemann (R, Dist 7) – Incumbent
Twitter – Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – OpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: Senate 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 House 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
SDPB Video: 2014 2012

Doug Post (R)
Facebook – Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty

District 9 (Minnehaha)

State Senator – Primary on Republican side.

Sen Deb Peters (R, Dist 9) – Incumbent.
Website – Facebook – Twitter – Ballotpedia  – VoteSmart – OpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: Senate 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 House 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
SDPB Video: 2014 2012

Lora Hubbel (R)
Twitter – Ballotpedia  – VoteSmart – OpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: House 2012 2011

District 11 (Minnehaha)

State Representative  – 2 Seats – Primary on the Republican side.  Rep Jim Stalzer is giving up his House seat to run for Senate.

Rep Mark Willadsen (R, Dist 11) – Incumbent
Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – OpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: House 2016 2015 2014(appointed) 2012 2011 2008 2007 2006 2005
SDPB Video: 2014

Dave Landry (R)
Ballotpedia – Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty

Chris Karr (R)
WebsiteFacebook – Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty

District 14 (Minnehaha)

State Representative  – 2 Seats – Primary on Republican side.

Rep Thomas Holmes (R, Dist 14) – Incumbent
Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – OpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: House 2016 2015
SDPB Video: 2014

Rep Larry Zikmund (R, Dist 14) – Incumbent
Website – Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – OpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: House 2016 2015
SDPB Video: 2014 2012

Dave Zimbeck (R)
Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty

District 15 (Minnehaha)

State Senator – Primary on Democrat side. Sen Angie Buhl O’Donnell (D, Dist 15) is not seeking reelection.

Rep Patrick Kirschman (D, Dist 15)
Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – OpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: House 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
SDPB Video: 2014

Reynold F. Nesiba (D)
Website – Facebook – Twitter – Ballotpedia  – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty

District 16 (Lincoln, Union)

State Representative  – 2 Seats – Primary on Republican side. Rep Jim Bolin (R, Dist 16) is term limited and going after the Senate seat.

* Recount occurred. Results were not changed as a result of the recount.

Kevin D. Jensen (R)
WebsiteFacebook – Ballotpedia  – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty

Rep David Anderson (R, Dist 16) – Incumbent
Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – OpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: House 2016 2015 2014 (appointed)

Sen William Shorma (R, Dist 16) – New appointee Shorma is switching to the House so Bolin can run for State Senate.
Ballotpedia – VoteSmartOpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: Senate 2016 2015 (appointed)

District 18 (Yankton)

State Representative  – 2 Seats – Primary on Democrat side

Christopher P. Svarstad (D) – Dropped out of Race!
WebsiteFacebook – BallotpediaVoteSmart – SoDakLiberty

David Allen (D)
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Peter Rossiter (D)
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District 19 (Bon Homme, Douglas, Hanson, Hutchinson, McCook)

State Senator – Primary on Republican side. Sen Bill Van Gerpen (R, Dist 19) is not seeking reeleciton.

Stace Nelson (R)
Website – FacebookTwitter – Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – OpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: House 2014 2013 2012 2011
SDPB Video: 2012

Caleb Finck (R)
Website – Facebook – Twitter  – BallotpediaVoteSmartSoDakLiberty

State Representative  – 2 Seats – Primary on Republican side

ReGina Osborn (R)
Facebook  – BallotpediaVoteSmartSoDakLiberty

Rep Kent Peterson (R, Dist 19) – Incumbent
Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – OpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: House 2016 2015
SDPB Video: 2014

Rep Kyle Schoenfish (R, Dist 19) – Incubment
Facebook – Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – OpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: House 2016 2015 2014 2013
SDPB Video: 2012

District 22 – (Beadle, Kingsbury)

State Representative  – 2 Seats – Primary on Democrat side. Incumbent Rep Peggy Gibson (D, Dist 22) is term limited. The other incumbent Rep Dick Werner (R, Dist 22) has recently moved and will be seeking election in District 23.

Carmen Dannenbring (D)
Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty

Joan Wollschlager (D)
Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty
SBPB Video: 2014

Darrell Raschke (D)
Facebook – Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty

District 23 (Campbell, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, McPherson, Potter, Spink, Walworth)

State Representative  – 2 Seats – Incumbent Rep Justin Cronin (R, Dist 23) is running for State Senate and incumbent Rep Michele Harrison (R, Dist 23) is not seeking reelection.

Rep Dick Werner (R, Dist 22)
Website – BallotpediaVoteSmart – OpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: House 2016 2015 2014 2013
SDPB Video: 2014 2012

John Lake (R)
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Spencer Gosch (R)
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Charlie Hoffman (R)
Website – FacebookTwitter – Ballotpedia – VoteSmartOpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: House 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009

District 25 (Minnehaha)

State Representative  – 2 Seats –

Primary elections on both the Democrat and Republican sides. Incumbent Rep Kris Langer (R, Dist 25) is running for State Senate.

David Haagenson (D)
Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty

Dan Ahlers (D)
Facebook – Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty
LRC: Senate 2010 2009 House 2008 2007
SDPB Video: 2012

Ryan Tellberg (D)
Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty

Rep Roger Hunt (R, Dist 25)
Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – OpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: House 2016 2015 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
SDPB Video: 2014

Courtney Ecklund (R)
Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty

Tom Pischke (R)
Facebook – Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty

District 28 (Butte, Corson, Dewey, Harding, Perkins, Ziebach)

State SenatorSen Betty Olson (R, Dist 28) is not seeking reelection. Primary on Republican side. No General.

Ryan Maher (R)
Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty
LRC: Senate 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

Steven Ritch (R)
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State Representative 28B  (Butte, Harding, Perkins) – 1 Seat – Primary on Republican side. No General.

Rep Sam Marty (R, Dist 28B) – Incumbent
Website – Facebook – Ballotpedia – VoteSmartOpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: House 2016 2015

Karen Wagner (R)
Website – Facebook – Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty

District 30 (Custer, Fall River, Pennington)

State Senator – Primary on Republican side.

Rep Lance Russell (R, Dist 30)
Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – OpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: House 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009

Sen Bruce Rampelberg (R, Dist 30) – Incumbent
Twitter – Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – OpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: Senate 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011

State Representative  – 2 Seats – Primary on Republican side. Incumbents Rep Mike Verchio (R, Dist 30) and Rep Lance Russell (R, Dist 30) are term-limited. Russell is running for State House.

* Recount occurred. Results were not changed as a result of the recount.

Julie Frye-Mueller (R)
Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty

Marilyn Oakes (R)
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Richard Mounce (R)
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Travis Lasseter (R)
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Tim Goodwin (R)
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District 31 (Lawrence)

State Representative  – 2 Seats – Incumbent Rep Fred Romkema (R, Dist 31) is term-limited. Primary on Republican side. No General

Rep Timothy Johns (R, Dist 31)
Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – OpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: House 2016 2015 2014 2013

Charles Turbiville (R)
Ballotpedia – VoteSmartOpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: House 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005

Michael Weyrich (R)
Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty

District 32 (Pennington)

State Senator – Primary on Republican side.

Sen Alan Solano (R, Dist 32) – Incumbent
Facebook – Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – OpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: Senate 2016 2015 2014(appointed)

Richard Kriebel (R)
Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty

State Representative  – 2 Seats – Incumbent Rep Brian Gosch is term-limited. Primary on Republican side.

Craig Ericks (R)
Website – Facebook – Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty

Sean McPherson (R)
Website – Facebook – TwitterInstagram – Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty

Rep Kristin Conzet (R, Dist 32) – Incumbent
Facebook – Twitter – Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – OpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: House 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010(appointed)
SDPB Video: 2014

District 33 (Meade, Pennington)

State Senator – Primary on Republican side

Sen Phil Jensen (R, Dist 33) – Incumbent
Website – Facebook – Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – OpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: Senate 2016 2015 2014 2013 House 2012 20112010 2009

Rep Jacqueline Sly (R, Dist 33)
Website – Facebook – Twitter – Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – OpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: House 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
SDPB Video: 2014 2012

State Representative  – 2 Seats – Primary on Republican side. Term-limited Rep Jacqueline Sly (R, Dist 33) is trying for the Senate seat and Rep Scott Craig (R, Dist 33) is not seeking reelection. Stephen Eckrich (R) had a petition in for this race, but withdrew his name.

Taffy Howard (R)
WebsiteFacebook – Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty

David Johnson (R)
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Mike Buckingham (R)
Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty

District 34 (Pennington)

State Senator – Primary on Republican side. Sen Craig Tieszen (R, Dist 34) is term-limited and running for House.

Rep Jeff Partridge (R, Dist 34)
Website – Facebook – Twitter – Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – OpenStates – SoDakLiberty
LRC: House 2016 2015
SDPB Video: 2014

Janette McIntyre (R)
Website – Facebook – Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty

District 35 (Pennington)

State Senator – Primary on Republican side. No Primary.

Sen Terri Haverly (R, Dist 35) – Incumbent
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LRC: Senate 2016 2015
SDPB Video: 2014

Tina Mulally (R)
Facebook – Ballotpedia – VoteSmart – SoDakLiberty

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