The South Dakota Supreme Court today rejected an appeal by Stephanie Strong of Rapid City over a circuit judge's decision to change the venue of her lawsuit seeking to disqualify Republican state Rep. Brian Gosch.
Strong filed the appeal earlier this week. She is seeking a hearing on her request, made initially in circuit court in Pennington County, that Gosch be disqualified. Strong contends that Gosch, a notary public, broke the law by notarizing the signature of a person who circulated his nominating petitions early this year.
Gosch said the signature was legal, and Secretary of State Jason Gant accepted the petitions. Strong sought to compel Gant to disqualify Gosch, an incumbent who is one of three candidates for two state House seats in District 32 in Rapid City in Tuesday's election.
The South Dakota attorney general's staff represents Gant in the case. The state argued that the proper venue was in Hughes County and that Strong's lawsuit came too late in the election process.