Jonathan Ellis has spoken tonight with a couple of the contenders I’ve noted in the 2018 contest for Congress:
Two of those potential candidates are Dusty Johnson, the former public utilities commissioner and chief of staff to Daugaard, and current Secretary of State Shantel Krebs.
Johnson said that he loves his job in the private sector and loves spending time with his family in Mitchell. But a House bid is something he might consider.
“I’m a policy wonk and I love helping people,” he said. “Politics has never been that far out of my mind.”
Krebs said she thinks South Dakotans want a break from politics. But given the opening in the House, she said South Dakotans are looking for somebody who has held government accountable, which is what she’s done in her office.
“I am going to seriously consider it,” she said.