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First openly gay candidate elected to South Dakota legislature

Kameron Nelson
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Kameron Nelson for District 10
Photo of Kameron Nelson from his campaign website.

A statehouse candidate has made history as the first openly gay man elected to the South Dakota Legislature.

Democrat Kameron Nelson won a seat in District 10 representing central and eastern Sioux Falls.

The Victory Fund is a political action committee dedicated to increasing LGBTQ representation in government. The group reports prior to Nelson’s election, South Dakota was one of only four states without an LGBTQ lawmaker.

The 2023 South Dakota legislative session begins Jan. 10.

Nelson joined SDPB's In the Moment on Aug. 23 to discuss his goals for the legislature. Listen to that interview below.

Kameron Nelson Meet the Candidates
Kameron Nelson 2022