SDGOP State Convention Recap 

The South Dakota Republican Party held their virtual convention this past weekend on Saturday June 20th. Delegates participated via videoconference and voted through the Voatz application.

The convention brought together 201 Delegates from 31 counties. Guests, Delegates, and sponsors attended  the convention and heard from Senator Mike Rounds, Governor Noem, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Congresswoman Dusty Johnson.

Commissioner Gary Hanson was unanimously nominated as the Republican candidate for the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on Saturday. Hanson is the current chair of the PUC and was first elected in 2002.

Delegates re-elected Ried Holien and Sandye Kading to continue their work as RNC National Committeeman and National Committeewoman.

The Resolutions Committee chaired by Ed Randazzo of Rapid City put forth eight resolutions. The issues ranged from honoring Codington County activist Judy Tryznka with a lifetime achievement award and supporting Governor Noem’s handling of the COVID pandemic.

A resolution supporting the recognition of Juneteenth failed to receive the support it needed to pass from the delegates. “Unfortunately, because of COVID-19, the convention was held virtually, and convention rules did not allow for any amendments to resolutions,” Lederman said. “A number of delegates expressed concern over similarities in language between Independence Day on July 4 and the Juneteenth Independence Day from slavery in June 19.”

full list of the results from the elections can be found here and the resolutions that were proposed can be found here.