Many SD Legislative Races Currently Unopposed, Can Libertarians And Independents Fill The Void?

Well folks the deadline to file petitions for Republican and Democratic candidates was March 29th, so now we have a better understanding of what the Legislative races will look like this year in South Dakota. That is, unless Independents and Libertarians can fill some of these unopposed seats soon.

Independent candidates still have until April 26th to file their nominating petitions. However it’s getting down to the wire for any possible Independent candidates out there to collect those signatures in time. For more information on signature requirements and qualifications to run can be found at .

The Libertarian Party of South Dakota on the other hand can nominate Legislative candidates as well as Congressional and other State offices (listed below) at their annual State Convention, which will be taking place April 23rd at the Arrowwood Cedar Shore Resort in Chamberlain. For more information on the event please visit:

  • U.S. Senator – 6 year term
  • U.S. Representative – 2 year term
  • Governor – 4-year term
  • Lieutenant Governor – 4 year term
  • Public Utilities Commissioner – 6 year term
  • Attorney General – 4 year term
  • Secretary of State – 4 year term
  • State Auditor – 4 year term
  • State Treasurer – 4 year term
  • Commissioner of School and Public Lands – 4 year term

With South Dakota being a literal “Land of Opportunity” this year for alternative candidates we here at the HHWD are hopeful that some great new candidates will be announced in the coming weeks. Below we will breakdown all the Senate and House races in need of an opposing candidate so voters will have a choice on the ballot this fall.

First we will start with the biggest seat currently unopposed! For a second election in a row the Democrats have failed to get a candidate on the ballot for South Dakota’s lone US House of Representatives seat. Our sources have indicated that the Libertarian Party does intend to nominate a candidate to challenge incumbent Dusty Johnson in that race. No official word from the LPSD on who that individual will be at the time of writing this article.

Let’s move on to the SD State Senate. There are a whopping 22 seats with no challengers currently on the ballot this year! Democrats managed to produce just 13 candidates for Senate this cycle. The seats that only have one candidate listed currently are:

Senate District’s 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 17, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35 (Wow that’s a lot of races!)

As far as State House races go, the Democrats did a better job fielding candidates in this area. There are currently 11 District’s with no opposing candidates. They are listed as follows:

House District’s 6, 8, 13, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 28b, 29, 31

For a more in depth report of the candidates currently running for office please visit the Secretary of State’s website here.

So it seems that South Dakota is in dire need of more candidates to run for public office in most of these Legislative races this year. It’s very sad to see all these seats go unchallenged in 2022 and seems to be far more than in previous years. Have the voters in South Dakota just given up hope and given in to the One Party rule that seems dominate the political landscape here? We sure hope not. But we definitely could use more people to get involved and step up to the plate so they can provide a real choice for voters this fall.

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