Ben Nesselhuf

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Ben Nesselhuf
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South Dakota State Senate District 17
Former memeber
In office
2005-2011
PartyDemocratic
Personal
BirthdayOctober 13, 1975
Place of birthRapid City, South Dakota
ProfessionInsurance Agent
CandidateVerification
Ben Nesselhuf (born October 13, 1975, in Rapid City, South Dakota) was a Democratic member of the South Dakota State Senate since 2005, representing the 17th district. He announced in October 2009 that he would be seeking the Democratic nomination in the race to be South Dakota's next Secretary of State. [1] Nearly a year later, however, Nesselhuf lost in the general election on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 after receiving slightly over thirty-nine percent of the vote.

Nesselhuf worked as a campaign manager for Hohn for Congress in 2000. He then served in the South Dakota State House from 2000 to 2004. He joined the South Dakota State Senate in 2004 and has served in that position since. He represents the 17th district.

Nesselhuf worked as a Community Supports Instructor for South East South Dakota Activity Center, Incorporated, in 1996. He then worked as a manager for Prison Congregations of America in 1999. He is currently an insurance agent.

Nesselhuf attended both the University of South Dakota and Dana College.

Committee assignments

State Senator Nesselhuf last served on the following legislative committees:

Controversies

Secretary of State Project

See also: Secretary of State Project

Nesselhuf has received the endorsement of the Secretary of State Project (SOS Project), a below-the-radar 527 political organization whose purpose is to "wrestling control of the country from the Republican Party" through the process of "removing their political operatives from deciding who can vote and whose votes will count," namely the office of Secretary of State in many cases. [3] [4] The SOS Project receives its funding from the George Soros-backed Democracy Alliance. [5]

Elections

2010

See also: South Dakota Secretary of State election, 2010
2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election [6]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Jason Gant 54.2%
     Democratic Party Ben Nesselhuf 39.2%
     Constitution Party Lori Stacey 6.6%
Total Votes 302,434

2008

On Nov. 4, 2008, Nesselhuf won re-election to the 17th District Seat in the South Dakota State Senate, defeating opponent Jerad Higman (R). [7]

Nesselhuf raised $37,413 for his campaign while Higman raised $57,858. [8]

South Dakota State Senate, District 17 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ben Nesselhuf (D) 5,389 59.38%
Jerad Higman (R) 3,686 40.62%

Campaign contributions

2008

According to Follow the Money, Nesselhuf raised '$37,413 in 2008 for his state senatorial campaign. [9]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
Clay County Democrats $3,000
South Dakota Education Association $3,000
Equality South Dakota $2,500
Tom Warner $1,000
Curt Hohn $1,000

2006

According to Follow the Money, Nesselhuf raised $13,334 in 2006 for his state senatorial campaign. [10]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
Clay County Democrats $2,000
Ed & Diane Nesselhuf $900
South Dakota State Medical Association $700
South Dakota Association of Realtors $700
South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizers $500

2004

According to Follow the Money, Nesselhuf raised $12,538 in 2004 for his state senatorial campaign. [11]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
Clay County Democrats $2,900
Ed Nesselhuf $800
South Dakota State Medical Association $500
South Dakota Association of Special Care Providers $450
South Dakota Retail Liquor Dealers Association $300

2002

According to Follow the Money, Nesselhuf raised $9,723 in 2002 for his state house campaign. [12]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
Clay County Democrats $2,500
South Dakota Democratic Party $1,300
South Dakota Education Association $300
South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association $250
David DeRouchey $250

2000

, Nesselhuf raised $16,502 in 2000 for his state house campaign. [13]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
South Dakota Democratic Party $7,123
Dash PAC $1,850
Clay County Democratic Party $1,500
South Dakota Education Association $399
James W. Abbott $250


Personal

Nesselhuf is single.

Contact information

Capitol Address:
500 East Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501

Phone: (605) 773-3821

South Dakota

District Address:
Post Office Box 68
Vermillion, SD 57069-0068

Phone: (605) 624-6178

Campaign Address: Ben Nesselhuf for South Dakota
1016 Westend Drive
Vermillion, SD 57069

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Political offices
Preceded by
H. Junior Engbrecht
South Dakota House - District 17
2001–2004
Succeeded by
Jamie Boomgarden
Preceded by
John Reedy
South Dakota Senate - District 17
2005–2011
Succeeded by
Eldon Nygaard