Updated 12:37 p.m.
Democratic candidate for governor Billie Sutton announced his running mate.
Sutton says businesswoman Michelle Lavallee will help him build a stronger South Dakota for all families.
“She was the best option for us, she’s a great South Dakotan, a hard worker,” Sutton said. “She’s been a change agent in a lot of the organizations that she’s been involved in and really that’s what South Dakota needs is a shake up in state government and I think she’s a great option for that.”
Lavallee is a former Republican who currently leads a strategy and marketing group in Sioux Falls. She has previously worked in marketing and strategic advancement at Raven Industries, Avera and the USD.
Sutton is running against Republican candidate for Governor Kristi Noem.
The general election will be on November 6th.
Billie Sutton tabbed Michelle Lavallee as his running mate.
The Democratic candidate for Governor announced Lavallee as his Lieutenant Governor selection Thursday morning at Cherapa Place in Sioux Falls.
Sutton says Lavallee is a strong leader who will help him remove the status quo and build a stronger South Dakota for all families. Lavallee is a former Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Innovations and Strategy at Avera McKennan (2006-2012). She’s currently the principal of The Lavallee Group, a strategy and marketing firm in Sioux Falls that she founded.
Sutton, a Burke native, is running against Republican candidate Kristi Noem to become South Dakota’s next governor.
This is a developing story.