SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Voting for the 2022 General Election starts this month and KELOLAND Media Group is helping people get to know the candidates for legislative seats.
The South Dakota Legislature has 105 seats, 35 in the Senate and 70 in the House.
Of the 35 Senate seats, 20 districts already have a Republican Senate member elected because there are no opposing candidates. In the House, there are 12 districts that already have Republican House members elected because there are no other opposing candidates.
Each party can have one candidate for the Senate seat and two House candidates for the House seats in a district.
For the Senate seat in District 2, which is made up of Brandon, Rowena, Valley Springs and parts of eastern Sioux Falls, Steve Kolbeck (R-Brandon) will represent the district.
In the House race, there are three candidates on the ballot: Gary Leighton (D-Sioux Falls), John Sjaarda (R-Valley Springs) and David Kull (R-Brandon).
You can see the candidates’ answers to a KELOLAND News Legislative questionnaire below.
KELOLAND News gave each candidate more than two weeks to provide answers. This story will be updated with answers and photos from candidates when they are received.