An incumbent state representative from Porcupine missed the deadline to submit petitions but is planning on running as an independent, the chairman of the state Democratic Party said.
Rep. Ed Iron Cloud, D-Porcupine, was first elected to the Legislature in 2008, and won another term in 2010. He’s represented District 27, which consisted of Bennet, Haakon, Jackson and Shannon counties and will be adding part of eastern Pennington County following last year’s redistricting.
Ben Nesselhuf, chairman of the South Dakota Democratic Party, said Iron Cloud tried to send his candidate petitions by registered mail on March 27, the deadline to file as a candidate. But when Iron Cloud arrived at the post office at 4:45 p.m., before the 5 p.m. deadline to mail the petitions, the post office was already closed, Nesselhuf said.
Iron Cloud could not be reached for comment.
Nesselhuf said Iron Cloud is already circulating petitions to run as an independent.
The other incumbent representative in District 27, Rep. Kevin Killer, D-Pine Ridge, is on the ballot.
Also on the ballot is a Republican, Elizabeth May of Kyle.
If no one runs as an independent, Killer and May will automatically win seats in the Legislature.
District 27 is arguably the most strongly Democratic district in the state. On April 1, 60 percent of the district’s voters were Democrats, a higher percentage than any other full legislative district in the state.
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