However, a handful of Democrats have stepped up to the plate and filed as Independents to duke it out with Republicans in various legislative races. The list so far:
- District 8 Senate: my man Clark Schmidtke Sr., Trent
- District 20 House: Becky M. Haslam, Mitchell
- District 28B House: Teresa Schanzenbach, Belle Fourche
- District 32 House: Matthew Murray, Rapid City
- District 35 House: Jay Pond, Rapid City
RCJ also reports Anthony Vallella is in the District 35 Senate race, but his name isn't on Chris Nelson's official list yet.
Throw in the fact that Mark St. Pierre did indeed get a whack of petitions mailed to Pierre in time (Chris, Kea, and the rest of the capitol gang are counting right now to see if he hit 3356 and gets to give Thune a workout), and we may see "Independent" peppered all over our ballots.
Conservatives also have some indy action. Sioux Falls conservative and SD Right to Life lobbyist Jenna Haggar has filed for District 15 House to give Dems Kirschman and Vanderlinde someone to beat. Former Republican legislator Kevin R. Crisp has also filed for District 25 House... though my morning Googling can't confirm his current party inclinations. Rapid City's Jeanett Deurloo, a far right candidate, according to the knowledgeable Mr. Price, is also fighting to kncok Rounds appointees Gosch and Conzet from District 32's House.
I will be curious to see how many of these "Independents" brand themselves as Independents, and how many say, "Yeah, I filed Independent, but make no bones about it, I'm a Democrat (or a Republican). Now let's go get 'em!"