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SD Democratic Party rehires Ahlers as executive director

Dan Ahlers
Dan Ahlers

A familiar face is back at the helm of the South Dakota Democratic Party.

The party has rehired Dan Ahlers to be executive director, according to a press release the party sent Wednesday.

Ahlers is a business owner and former state legislator from Dell Rapids.

He was initially hired for the position in May, but he resignedafter just a few months over disagreements with then-party chair Jennifer Slaight-Hansen.

The partyvoted to remove Slaight-Hansen in August following accusations of violating the party constitution and creating a hostile work environment.

"We are happy to have Dan officially back as the executive director," said Democratic Party Chair Shane Merrill, who replacedSlaight-Hansen. "Dan and I have a shared vision for our state party of reaching out to Democrats, Independents and moderates to build a stronger party. Our renewed focus on rural South Dakota as well as bringing more folks to the table is imperative. Dan is a proven former legislator who could work across the aisle to get things done for his district and the state. He knows what it takes to win in a tough district. He is the right person for the job at this critical time in our state."

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