Libertarian Party of South Dakota

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Libertarian Party of South Dakota
ChairpersonAaron Aylward
Founded1971
IdeologyLibertarianism
National affiliationLibertarian Party
ColorsGold; Blue
Website
http://LPSouthDakota.org/

The Libertarian Party of South Dakota is the South Dakota affiliate of the national Libertarian Party. The current state party chair is Aaron Aylward.

On July 22, 2017, the Libertarian Party of South Dakota elected new party officers at its annual state convention in Sioux Falls. The party's website lists the following current officers:

  • Aaron Aylward, state chair
  • Richard Shelatz, vice-chair
  • Daryl Root, treasurer
  • Tracey Quint, communications director
  • Greg Baldwin, membership director
  • Gideon Oakes, at-large member

The party's website listed the following officers in 2016:

  • Jon Boon McNutt, state chair
  • Richard Shelatz, vice-chair
  • Daryl Root, treasurer
  • Scott Baldwin, membership director
  • Sean Metz, West River at-large member
  • Ken Santema, East River at-large member

Background[edit]

The Libertarian Party of South Dakota aims to promote Libertarian policies and support Libertarian candidates throughout the state. According to the Argus Leader, there were approximately 1,200 registered Libertarian voters in South Dakota as of July 2014.

In 2006, South Dakota's Libertarian nominees for governor and attorney general received 1.0 percent and 2.7 percent of the vote respectively. In 2012, the Libertarian nominee for public utilities commissioner received 5.7 percent. During the 2014 election cycle, the party nominated Libertarian candidates to challenge unopposed Republican candidates in three statewide races. Chad Haber, the 2014 Libertarian nominee for attorney general, received 18.0 percent of the vote. Kurt Evans, the party's 2014 nominee for state auditor, received 20.1 percent, and John English, the 2014 nominee for commissioner of school and public lands, received 23.5 percent.

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