We haven't heard much from the Libertarian Party of South Dakota this year. They failed to offer a candidate for Governor and thus will lose their status as a recognized political party in South Dakota.
But the Libertarians don't plan to go out quietly. South Dakota Libertarian Party chairman Samuel Saunders tells me that the SDLP will convene on Saturday, August 9, at 10 a.m. CDT in Sioux Falls at the main branch of the public library in meeting room B. Chairman Saunders says there will be candidates, but he is still nailing down confirmations from interested parties. The Libertarians cannot nominate candidates for Governor, House, or Senate (that had to be done pre-primary by the petition process), but they can nominate candidates for attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, public utilities commissioner, and commissioner of school and public lands.
The SDLP announcement comes one day before the deadline David Montgomery reported for announcing convention intentions to the Secretary of State. Secretary Gant was reportedly not in the office today to take the SDLP's notification, and official recognition of the convention is not yet posted on the Secretary of State's website.
The SDLP convention will take place at almost the last date possible. Parties must submit their certifications of candidates to the Secretary of State by the second Tuesday in August, which this year is August 12.
So if any of you were thinking of filling the gaps left by our Democrats on the ballot for attorney general, state auditor, and commissioner of school and public lands, the Libertarians offer you a chance to save the day and challenge Messrs. Jackley, Sattgast, and Brunner in November.
Update 17:48 CDT: Former Secretary of State flunky Pat Powers gets an SOS-stamped copy of the SDLP's official notice of its August 9th convention.