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Democratic candidate for governor selects running mate

Jennifer Keintz (left) and Jamie Smith (right)
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Jennifer Keintz and Jamie Smith.

The Democratic candidate for South Dakota governor is announcing his running mate for November.

Jamie Smith is choosing fellow House lawmaker Jennifer Keintz to run for lieutenant governor.

Keintz is from Eden, in the northeastern part of the state.

She serves on the House Education and Health and Human Services committees.

Keintz was first elected to the Legislature in 2020.

Democrats will hold their convention this weekend in Fort Pierre, where they will choose candidates to run for constitutional offices.

Smith is running against the incumbent Republican Gov. Kristi Noem, and Libertarian challenger Tamara Lesnar.

Lee Strubinger is SDPB’s Rapid City-based news and political reporter. A former reporter for Fort Lupton Press (CO) and Colorado Public Radio, Lee holds a master’s in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.