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.
The Senate seat in District 34, which is made up of western Rapid City, is held by Michael Diedrich (R-Rapid City).
In the House race, there are four candidates on the ballot: Darla Drew (D-Rapid City), Jay Shultz (D-Rapid City), Jess Olson (R-Rapid City) and Mike Derby (R-Rapid City). 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.