Looking ahead: 2018 U.S. House contest(s)

If South Dakota voters indeed get a three-way (or more) Republican primary for the governor nomination in 2018, the state’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives might open up too. First, there seems little to no doubt that state Attorney General Marty Jackley of Pierre and state Rep. G. Mark Mickelson of Sioux Falls will be running for the Republican nomination for governor. There seems a solid movement favoring a gubernatorial candidacy by U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem of Castlewood in that Republican primary as well. Early prognosticators point to her experience in one statewide primary in 2010 and three general-election campaigns in ’10, ’12 and ’14 as valuable.

A Noem candidacy for governor would throw open the door to the U.S. House seat in the 2018 elections. No one seems to be openly positioning yet, at least not to the point where an actual name surfaces. Getting some attention of late, through her work in Washington, D.C., on the issues involved in charging state and local sales taxes on goods shipped by carriers to South Dakota consumers from companies outside the state, has been state Sen. Deb Peters, R-Hartford. She is in her 11th year as a state legislator and just turned 40 last fall. As a South Dakota leader for the pro-business American Legislative Exchange Council, her conservative credentials seem beyond question on most matters , and she chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee. As for Democrats, the question is open who might run for U.S. House in 2016, and whether a run in ’16 would clear the path for the party’s nomination to run again in 2018.

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About Bob Mercer

I am a newspaper reporter in Pierre where I cover state government, issues and politics for the Aberdeen American News, the Black Hills Pioneer, the Mitchell Daily Republic, the Pierre Capital Journal, the Rapid City Journal, the Watertown Public Opinion and the Yankton Press & Dakotan. I began covering the Legislature in 1985 and have lived in Pierre since December 1986. I grew up in Wisconsin, worked my way through college, took my first full-time newspapers jobs in Wyoming, and have lived in South Dakota since the summer of 1984 when I moved to Aberdeen to join the American News. I worked for the Rapid City Journal as its state government reporter in Pierre from late 1992 through late 1998. I spent four years as press secretary and a senior aide to Gov. Bill Janklow during his fourth and final term from late 1998 through 2002. I returned to journalism in January 2003 as a self-employed reporter, providing state government coverage to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre and, depending on the year, Aberdeen newspapers. In 2008, the Aberdeen American News offered to hire me as full-time member of the AAN staff, with my reports continuing to be available to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre, Yankton and Rapid City papers. The new arrangement has been in effect since January 2009 as the seven papers continue their remarkable dedication to their readers and the general public, as the only South Dakota news outlets with a full-time reporter covering state government in Pierre throughout the year. In addition to focusing on the Legislature during the annual winter session and its various activities during the interim periods between sessions, I spend many days throughout the year -- traveling as often necessary -- to cover state government boards and commissions which oversee the state universities, technical institutes, outdoors, water, environment, business, public schools, banking, agriculture, utilities, health care and various other areas of public interest. I purposely don't register to vote because of my profession; the last time I recall voting in a presidential election was the first time, 1976, when I had just turned 18. I think I voted for Jimmy Carter over Gerald Ford. Make of that what you want, just don't make much of it.

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