SD Democratic Party elects chair after removal of former leader
The South Dakota Democratic Party has selected a new chair following a recent shakeup within party leadership.
Shane Merrill was elected chair at Saturday's annual Democratic Roundup event in Rapid City.
He replaces Jennifer Slaight-Hansen, who was recalled by vote last month. She faced accusations of violating the party constitution and creating a hostile work environment.
Merill is a farmer, school bus driver and baseball coach from Parker. He had been serving as interim chair since Slaight Hansen's removal.
"We are united and looking to a brighter future," Merill said in a press release. "I think having a young, rural voice in leadership will be beneficial to the Party. Our leadership team is a reflection of the people of South Dakota. I appreciate the support and look forward to leading our efforts.”
Jessica Meyers was elected vice-chair. She is CEO of Porchlight, a Midwest talent recruitment firm.