Coming the day after State Senator Bill Van Gerpen announced that he is not going to be a candidate this next election, I had a call this morning from a candidate confirming a rumor I’d heard some time ago – that yes, this former candidate for US Senate from this past election is going to be a candidate for the South Dakota State Legislature.
No. Not that one. The other one who didn’t go all ‘Donald Trump’ on his opponents, and placed second in the race, only behind now Senator Mike Rounds.
Former US Senate hopeful, and former South Dakota State Legislator Larry Rhoden yesterday turned in his petitions in to run for the open seat in District 29 being vacated by Speaker of the House Dean Wink who has been termed out of office.
I spoke with Larry this morning, and while he enjoyed his time away, the West River Rancher noted that he missed the opportunity to represent the point of view of the people in the area on the big issues such as raising taxes and education.
In the past, Larry has served as Assistant Majority Leader and held the office of Majority Leader in the House for four years, as well as two stints as Majority Whip in the Senate when he was there from 2009-2014. With the current Majority Leader in the House termed out office, I would not be surprised if Rhoden becomes a member of the GOP Leadership team, given his past experiences.
His return is also remarkable, as it provides Rhoden a higher profile for future statewide elections down the line, such as serving as a Lt. Gov choice in 2018, or running for an office in his own right, such as a potential Congressional vacancy, or Constitutional office.
More candidates to come. Stay tuned!