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Gov. Dennis Daugaard's office is asking members of the public to nominate candidates to fill the vacant District 34 seat following the death of Rep. Craig Tieszen. 

According to a news release, the vacancy will be filled by gubernatorial appointment. The appointee will serve during the 2018 Legislative session, and through the current term that runs through the end of 2018.

Tieszen, 68, and his brother-in-law Brent Moline, 61, both of Rapid City, were killed in a kayaking accident on Nov. 22 off the South Pacific island of Rarotonga.

“Rep. Tieszen was a dedicated public servant and his passing is a real loss for our state,” Daugaard said in the release. “I’m asking the public to help identify an appointee to complete Rep. Tieszen’s term.”

District 34 includes western Rapid City and the areas west of Mount Rushmore Road, Dinosaur Hill and West Main Street, and including sites such as Camp Rapid, Canyon Lake, the Sioux San Hospital, West Middle School and Southwest Middle School.

To offer a nomination or to be considered for the appointment, call Grace Beck at 773-3661. Nominations should include the candidate’s name, current address, telephone number and relevant background information.

"There is no deadline for nominations, but the Governor’s goal is to have someone named in advance of the upcoming legislative session," said Kelsey Pritchard, spokeswoman for the governor's office. 

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