Editor’s note: This list will continue to be amended as new candidate announcements are received.
Nominating petition circulation for 2024 candidates is still a few months out, but that hasn’t stopped candidates from announcing their plans to seek office.
Petition circulation begins Jan. 1, 2024 for the South Dakota Legislature and county offices.
Municipal and school boards have three options for election dates. Next year, they are April 9, June 4 and June 18. The Aberdeen Public School District and city of Aberdeen have historically joined with Brown County to have a combined election during the primary election, which is on June 4.
City and school board nominating petition circulation begins March 1.
Announcements made to date include:
District 3 Senate: Carl Perry, R-Aberdeen. Perry is completing his sixth year serving District 3 in the House of Representatives. He proposed legislation that banned vaping and kratom for minors and has advocated for landowner property rights. He has also served on the Taxation and Retirement Law Committee and is vice chairman of the Commerce and Energy Committee. He serves as chairman of the Aberdeen Regional Airport Board, attends local events and is willing to listen to local concerns, according to his candidacy announcement.
District 3 Senate: Katie Washnock, R-Aberdeen. Washnock, is a mother, entrepreneur and the current chairwoman of the Brown County Republicans. She and her husband operate Blackout Industries and other small businesses and operate a family farm near Verdon. One big focus of hers would be ensuring Aberdeen has a reliable water supply, she said when announcing her candidacy.
District 3 House: Brandie Schaefbauer, R-Aberdeen. Schaefbauer is finishing her first term in the House. In her candidate announcement she said she is pro-family, pro-constitution, against abortion and a defender of Second Amendment rights. “I ran for office because I believe South Dakota is the best state to raise a family, live and be free. With your support, I will continue to work hard for District 3 and South Dakota,” she said in her announcement.
District 22 Representative: Lana Greenfield, R-Doland. She is a retired high school English teacher and now owns Greeny’s in Doland. She served in the House of Representatives for eight years and did not seek re-election in 2022 after legislative district boundaries changed. According to a news release announcing her candidacy, she aims to preserve rights, protect children, provide educational opportunities and ensure fewer regulations on small businesses.
District 23 Senate: Steve Roseland, R-Seneca. Roseland has 30 years of experience as an elected official. He’s been elected to the Faulkton School Board and Faulk County Commission and has served on the Faulk County Zoning Board. He was raised on a Faulk County farm, attended South Dakota State University and returned home to be a fourth-generation rancher. “The legislature needs a proven leader to be an advocate for agriculture, small towns and rural values,” Roseland said in a news release announcing his candidacy.
Boundaries of each legislative district changed in 2021 with the adoption of a new map. Counties included in area districts follow:
- District 1: All of Day and Marshall counties, much of rural Brown County and part of Roberts County.
- District 3: Most of Aberdeen.
- District 22: All of Beadle and Spink counties and part of Clark County.
- District 23: Part of Brown County, including a portion of Aberdeen, and all of Campbell, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, McPherson, Potter and Walworth counties.
Positions up for election in 2024 include U.S. House, South Dakota House, South Dakota Senate, county treasurer, county state’s attorney, county coroner and county treasurer.
For more election information, visit sdsos.gov.