Sunday, March 30, 2008

West River Democratic Candidates 2008

Thursday night a group of our local candidates pledged to bring the issues to the table and offer a great campaign to the voters this year.

Left to right: Incumbent (!) Sen. Tom Katus (D-32, Rapid City), with candidates, Curtis Marquardt (House/35), Bethany Wojahn (House 32), Theresa Spry (Senate/35), Dennis Finch (Senate/33), Kim Henderson (House/33), Jeff Nelsen (House/33).

(Gary Loudner (House/33) was in the room but was talking strategy with our own true-blue Jane Murphy [50-state West River coordinator] and missed the photo-op).

The full list follows:


Barack Obama, President
Hillary Clinton, President
Tim Johnson, Senate
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, House

State Legislature

Ryan M. Maher, District 28 Senate
Richard Zacher, District 28A House
Dean Schrempp, District 28A House
Dennis Levin, District 29 Senate
Pam Chalkley, District 29 House
Fred McPherson, District 29 House
Charles Jonathan Easterby, District 30 Senate
Jacqueline Gerenz, District 30 House
David Melmer, District 30 House
Nyla Griffith, District 31 Senate
Kevin W. ODea, District 31 House
Thomas M. Katus, District 32 Senate
Bethany Wojahn, District 32 House
Eric Abrahamson, District 32 House
Dennis W. Finch, District 33 Senate
Jeff Nelsen, District 33 House
Gary Loudner, District 33 House
Kimberly Henderson, District 33 House
Gary L. Hargens, District 34 Senate
Lisa F. Cook, District 34 House
Johanna M. Blume, District 34 House
Theresa Spry, District 35 Senate
Shane Liebig, District 35 Senate
Fern Y. Johnson, District 35 House
Curtis R. Marquardt, District 35 House

County Commissioner

Barbara Hanson, Custer County
Judy C Gray, Lawrence County
Dinah Paris, Lawrence County
Carl W. Atchley, Fall River County
Anne I. Cassens, Fall River County
Francis S. Pumpkin Seed, District 3 Shannon County
Lyla Hutchison, District 5 Shannon County
Carrie A. Hulm, District 4 Perkins County

Democratic Party Precinct Committeeman

Nick Krebs, Precinct Lead Lawrence County
Dennis D Smith, Precinct Nemo Lawrence County
James Newton, Precinct Nemo Lawrence County
Fred McPherson, Precinct Harmony #8 Meade County
Arnie Laubach, Precinct 0200 Pennington County
Larry Mintzlaff, Precinct 0300 Pennington County
Curt Pochardt, Precinct 0500 Pennington County
Michael M Melius, Precinct 0700 Pennington County
Ritchie Nordstrom, Precinct 0800 Pennington County
John C Willman, Precinct 1300 Pennington County
Mike Richardson, Precinct 2300 Pennington County
Brian Smith, Precinct 2400 Pennington County
Jay Davis, Precinct 2500 Pennington County
Jeff Nelsen, Precinct 3300 Pennington County
Richard Fisher, Precinct 3600 Pennington County
Justin Lena, Precinct 5100 Pennington County

Democratic Party Precinct Committeewoman

Dinah Paris, Precinct Lead Lawrence County
Sherry Bea Smith, Precinct Nemo Lawrence County
Sue Gannaway, Precinct Spearfish Ward 3 Lawrence County
Rita Mayer, Precinct Valley 2 Lawrence County
Deb Phillips, Precinct Whitewood Lawrence County
Rhonda McPherson, Precinct Harmony #8 Meade County
Bonnie G. Miller, Precinct Rural Sturgis #7 Meade County
Mary Kelley, Precinct 0500 Pennington County
Laura B Beshara, Precinct 0800 Pennington County
Jocelyn Lee Baker, Precinct 1300 Pennington County
Theresa Spry, Precinct 1800 Pennington County
Kimberly D Henderson, Precinct 1900 Pennington County
Lin Jennewein, Precinct 2100 Pennington County
Susan K Timmons, Precinct 2400 Pennington County
Rose Marie Stewart, Precinct 2400 Pennington County
Karen E Hall, Precinct 3300 Pennington County
Thea H. Geotax, Precinct 3600 Pennington County
Peggy S. Lay, Precinct 4200 Pennington County
Karen N. Miller, Precinct 4600 Pennington County
Judy Jones, Precinct 4700 Pennington County

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

[PenDems (68)] Meet candidates at our meeting tomorrow night!


We have great candidates!
To see who's running, visit:, and come to upcoming PenDem events, where you can meet and support them!

March PenDem Meeting TOMORROW: Thursday, March 27, 6pm
The PenDems will meet the Rapid City Public Library, Helen Hoyt Room. Come hear an update on Precinct Committee offices, meet Democratic candidates at all levels, and current activities leading up to the June 3 primary.

First Friday Forum, April 4, 11:30-1pm, Radisson Hotel
Come for lunch at the Radisson Hotel and enjoy the fine company and get informed on important topics. Our speaker will be Dr. Robert ("Sarge") Preston. Dr. Preston will be speaking on Health Care Reform in South Dakota.
The no-host lunch is $12, no reservation necessary. See you there!

McGovern Day, April 19, Sioux Falls
Join fellow Democrats from across South Dakota at the Sioux Falls Convention Center for McGovern Day Celebration 2008! The days events will include a breakfast to support our long-term Statehouse efforts, a luncheon featuring Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, afternoon training sessions for candidates, precinct workers, and advocacy organizations, and culminating in a dinner honoring Senator Tim Johnson. Watch for announcements about special guest speakers and ticket sales! To sponsor parts of the event or advertise in the program or contact the SDDP at (605) 271-5405.

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Monday, March 03, 2008

Delegate Selection, Saturday, March 8

The South Dakota Democratic Party and Democratic legislative district parties will host Legislative District Presidential Delegate Selection caucuses across South Dakota on Saturday, March 8.

The 35 legislative district caucuses are the first of a two-tiered caucus system to select 10 delegates and three alternates to the Democratic National Convention in late August at Denver, Colo., Jack Billion, chair of the South Dakota Democratic Party, said. The 35 caucuses on March 8 will select delegates to the statewide caucus in Pierre on March 22, where slates of 10 potential national convention delegates and three alternates are chosen. Those names will appear below the names of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., on the June 3 state primary ballot.

“We are working hard to reach out to each and every legislative district to increase the involvement of the people in the Democratic Party,” Billion said. “This is one of the most interesting and compelling elections in the last 50 years, and it has transformed the involvement of ordinary citizens in the political process. We’re seeing interest growing very quickly as our state’s primary election looms nearer.”

Billion said the first step to participating in the district caucus meetings is to complete a form which must be returned to the SDDP office in Sioux Falls before Wednesday. Forms are available from county party leaders and on the state party’s website,

Democrats attending the district meetings March 8 will elect slates pledged to either Clinton or Obama, or as uncommitted. The number of delegates assigned to each legislative district is based on an average of the votes from the district for the Democratic presidential candidates in 2000 and 2004.

The popular vote in the June 3 Democratic presidential primary in South Dakota will determine which of the slates of potential delegates and alternates will become delegates to the national convention. It is required that a candidate receives no less than 15 percent of the vote to qualify for candidates.

“If both candidates are still in contention by March 25 when the filing deadline occurs in South Dakota, their names and their slates of delegates will appear on the ballot. The share of delegates and alternates each candidate receives will be based on the percentage of the popular vote they received,” Billion said. “For example, if Clinton receives 60 percent of the vote and Obama receives 40 percent on June 3, then the first six names under Clinton name and first two alternates get to go to Denver, and the first four names under Obama’s name get to be delegates and the first alternate candidate gets to go to Denver.

Six additional delegates and one more alternate will be chosen by the Democratic State Central Committee at the S.D. Democratic State Convention on June 28. Another class of delegates, who are chosen by their position in the state party, are the “super-delegates,” the state party’s chair, vice chair, Democratic National Committeeman, Democratic National Committeewoman, Sen. Tim Johnson, Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin and former Sen. Tom Daschle. The total size of South Dakota’s convention delegation is 23 delegates and four alternates.

The following is a list of district caucus meetings on March 8, the times and locations and the number of delegates to the state caucus allowed to each campaign at the district caucuses.

Legislative District 1 – 10 a.m.
10 delegates, three alternates
Dakota Diner, Webster, S.D.

Legislative Districts 2 and 3 – 10 a.m.
Nine delegates, two alternates for District 2
Eight delegates, two alternates for District 3
Machinist Union District Lodge 5
617 S. 15th Street, Aberdeen, S.D.

Legislative District 4 – 10 a.m.
Seven delegates, two alternates
Cooper Room, Brookings City Library
515 3rd Street, Brookings, S.D.

Legislative District 5 – Noon
Seven delegates, two alternates
American Legion Post 17
1412 9th Ave., Watertown, S.D.

Legislative District 6
Seven delegates, two alternates
American Legion Post 17
1412 9th Ave., Watertown, S.D.

Legislative District 7 – 10 a.m.
Six delegates, one alternate
Cooper Room, Brookings City Library
515 3rd Street, Brookings, S.D.

Legislative District 8 – 10 a.m.
Eight delegates, two alternates
Second Street Diner
610 Washington Ave., Madison, S.D.

Legislative Districts 9-15 – 10 a.m.
District 9 – eight delegates, two alternates
District 10 – eight delegates, two alternates
District 11 – eight delegates, two alternates
District 12 – seven delegates, two alternates
District 13 – seven delegates, two alternates
District 14 – eight delegates, two alternates
District 15 – five delegates, one alternate
Labor Temple (10th Street & Fairfax Avenue)
101 S. Fairfax Ave., Sioux Falls, S.D.

Legislative District 16 – 10 a.m.
Seven delegates, two alternates
Beresford Public Library
115 S. 3rd Street, Beresford, S.D.

Legislative District 17 – 10 a.m.
Six delegates, two alternates
Buffalo Run Winery
1500 W. Main, Vermillion, S.D.

Legislative District 18 – 10:30 a.m.
Seven delegates, two alternates
The Frying Pan Restaurant
21st & Broadway, Yankton, S.D.

Legislative District 19 – 10 a.m.
Six delegates, one alternate
The Open Door Café, Menno, S.D.
After the caucus, there will be a review of the 2008 Legislature presented by Sen. Frank Kloucek.

Legislative District 20
Seven delegates, two alternates
Life Quest (the former Mitchell Area Adjustment Training Center)
Near the Mitchell High School campus, Mitchell, S.D.

Legislative District 21
Nine delegates, two alternates
Casey’s Café conference room
East of Exit 263 on I-90, Chamberlain, S.D.

Legislative District 22
Eight delegates, two alternates
American Trust Bank Community Room, Miller, S.D.

Legislative District 23
Five delegates, one alternate
Rick’s Café back room
117 S. Main Street, Mobridge, S.D.

Legislative District 24 – 10 a.m.
Five delegates, one alternate
St. Charles Hotel meeting room, Pierre, S.D.

Legislative District 25 – 10 a.m.
Eight delegates, one alternate
Life Quest (the former Mitchell Area Adjustment Training Center)
Near the Mitchell High School campus, Mitchell, S.D.

Legislative District 26 –10 a.m.
Eight delegates, two alternates
Sinte Gleska University Multipurpose Commons, Mission, S.D.

Legislative District 27 – 10 a.m.
Eight delegates, two alternates
Oglala Lakota College Center, Kyle, S.D.

Legislative District 28 – 10 a.m.
Seven delegates, two alternates
Cheyenne River Youth Project Teen Center, Eagle Butte, S.D.

Legislative District 29 – 10 a.m.
Five delegates, one alternate
American Legion Hall, Piedmont, S.D.

Legislative District 30 – 10 a.m.
Five delegates, one alternate
Steak & Ribs Place, Custer, S.D.

Legislative District 31 – 10 a.m.
Five delegates, one alternate
Hudson Hall, Spearfish, S.D.

Legislative Districts 32-35 – 9 a.m.
District 32 – six delegates, one alternate
District 33 – four delegates, one alternate
District 34 – six delegates, two alternates
District 35 – five delegates, one alternate
Labor Temple, Rapid City, S.D.

[A list of legislative districts and maps of districts are found on the S.D. Legislative Research Council website: