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State Dems move to oust chair


South Dakota Democratic Party members are calling for an emergency meeting to recall party chair Jennifer Slaight-Hansen.

That’s according to a note obtained by SDPB from State Sen. Reynold Nesiba.

The note says those within the party have gathered a sufficient number of signatures to begin the recall process and appoint a new chair.

The move is centered around concerns of the conduct of the current chair—including violations of the party’s constitution.

The issue came to a head when former state lawmaker and executive director Dan Ahlers announced he would resign from the position after just a few months on the job.

The Democratic party looks to convene the state central committee in Fort Pierre on Saturday, Aug. 19.

Slaight-Hansen has been chair of the party since Randy Seiler suddenly died in April.

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.
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