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*'''Election Reform:''' "The Secretary of State is the chief elections officer for the state, and I will make sure that we have best practices in place for our elections and re-counts...I will work diligently with all County Auditors across South Dakota to identify our strengths and weaknesses and create a best practices template for everyone to utilize. As Secretary of State, my main goal will be to ensure that we have the best election system in America."
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*'''Corporate Filings:''' "In this day and age of computers and technology, we should offer these new businesses the quickest and most efficient form of corporate filings. As your next Secretary of State, I will make sure that businesses are able to file their corporate reports, annual reports and other filings in an electronic format to speed up time and efficiency."
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*'''Open and Transparent Government:''' "We should be able to see where our tax dollars are being spent, what contracts the state enters into, and have easy access to public government records. South Dakota's next Secretary of State must help lead the effort to ensure that the public is able to get this information, and I will do that."
  
 
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Jason Gant
Jason Gant.jpg
South Dakota Secretary of State
Incumbent
In office
January 2011-present
Term ends
2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorChris Nelson (R)
Compensation
Base salary$78,363
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$333,512
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Dakota State Senate District 11
2004-2010
Education
High schoolGeddes High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Dakota (1999)
Personal
Place of birthPlatte, SD
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Jason Gant (born December 18, 1976, in Platte, South Dakota) is the 27th and current South Dakota Secretary of State. A Republican, he previously served as a member of the South Dakota State Senate, representing the people of the eleventh senate district from 2003 until 2011.[1][2]

Biography

Gant grew up working on the family farm. After graduating from college he worked for a health insurance company, and went on to start his own healthcare consulting business. In 2004, he was elected to the state Senate and re-elected in 2006 and 2008.

During his time in the Senate, Gant served in a number of roles, including Chairman of the Senate Government Operations and Audit Committee and Chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee.[3]

Gant has also served in the following roles:

  • Member, 4-H Alumni (1995-present)
  • Member, Future Farmers of America (FFA) Alumni (1995-present)
  • Member, Knights of Columbus (1995-present)
  • Member, Junior Achievement (1999-present)
  • Executive Board Member, Minnehaha County Republican Party (2003-present)
  • Member, Allocation Committee, Sioux Empire United Way (2003-present)
  • Executive Board Member, South Dakota Republican Party (2003-present)
  • Attendee, Leadership Sioux Falls (2004)
  • Member, Saint Micheal's Catholic Church

Education

  • Geddes High School
  • BA, Political science and business administration, University of South Dakota

Political career

South Dakota Secretary of State (2011-present)

Gant was elected South Dakota's 27th Secretary of State on November 2, 2010.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

Call for impeachment

In June 2012, state Sen. Stan Adelstein (R) called for an investigation of the secretary of state's office after it came out that office employee Pat Powers, who later resigned, was running an online business selling campaign materials. Arguing it was inappropriate as the Secretary of State's office supervises elections, Adelstein asked the state attorney general to look into the store as well as the possibility of impeaching or removing Gant from office over the matter. Gant said he knew of Powers' business but had no involvement and received no benefit from it.

"I'm hoping to have Gant either resign himself or have him be removed from office based on that law for lack of ability to run that office," Adelstein stated.[12]

In July 2012, Attorney General Marty Jackley said his office found no evidence of criminal behavior by Powers or Gant.[13]

Concealed pistol permits

One of the duties of the Secretary of State is to manage concealed pistol permits. In April 2013, Gant stated, “even though we have issued a smaller number of permits in April, South Dakota has seen record numbers of new and renewed permits during the first quarter of 2013.” Between January and April 2013, 14,442 permits were issued.[14]

South Dakota State Senate (2003-2011)

Gant was elected to the state senate in the fall of 2004 and re-elected in 2006 and 2008.[4]

Committee assignments

2003-2011

Gant served on the following legislative committees during his tenure:

Elections

2014

See also: South Dakota secretary of state election, 2014

Gant is eligible to run for re-election as South Dakota Secretary of State in 2014. He has not yet made his intentions in the race known.

2010

See also: South Dakota Secretary of State election, 2010
2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election [16]
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

Campaign themes

On his campaign website, Gant outlines four main issues of his campaign. Here are excerpts:[17]

  • Election Reform: "The Secretary of State is the chief elections officer for the state, and I will make sure that we have best practices in place for our elections and re-counts...I will work diligently with all County Auditors across South Dakota to identify our strengths and weaknesses and create a best practices template for everyone to utilize. As Secretary of State, my main goal will be to ensure that we have the best election system in America."
  • Campaign Finance: "The more we know about the campaigns, the better informed voters we will all be. One of my goals as your next Secretary of State is to ensure that campaign finance information is readily available on the website and in an easy to use searchable format."
  • Corporate Filings: "In this day and age of computers and technology, we should offer these new businesses the quickest and most efficient form of corporate filings. As your next Secretary of State, I will make sure that businesses are able to file their corporate reports, annual reports and other filings in an electronic format to speed up time and efficiency."
  • Open and Transparent Government: "We should be able to see where our tax dollars are being spent, what contracts the state enters into, and have easy access to public government records. South Dakota's next Secretary of State must help lead the effort to ensure that the public is able to get this information, and I will do that."

2008

  • Jason Gant ran unopposed in this contest
2008 Race for State Senate, District 11 - General Election [18]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Jason Gant 52.7%
     Democratic Party Nate Welch 43.4%
     Constitution Party D. Scott Bartlett 3.9%
Total Votes 12,989

2006

  • Jason Gant ran unopposed in this contest
2006 Race for State Senate, District 11 - General Election [19]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Jason Gant 55.5%
     Democratic Party Rebekah A. Cradduck 40.0%
     Constitution Party D. Scott Bartlett 4.5%
Total Votes 10,482

2004

2004 Race for State Senate, District 11 - Republican Primary [20]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Jason Gant 51.1%
     Republican Party Ray A. Trankle 48.9%
Total Votes 3,356
2004 Race for State Senate, District 11 - General Election [21]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Jason Gant 60.1%
     Democratic Party Lance Moran 36.6%
     Constitution Party D. Scott Bartlett 3.3%
Total Votes 12,017

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gant is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Gant raised a total of $333,512 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 10, 2013.[22]

Jason Gant's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 SD Secretary of State Not up for election $5,163
2010 SD Secretary of State Won $261,205
2008 SD State Senate Won $17,211
2006 SD State Senate Won $23,259
2004 SD State Senate Won $26,674
Grand Total Raised $333,512

2006-2010

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Jason Gant's donors each year.[23] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

Jason's wife, Chris, is a Nurse Practitioner. Together they have three children - Abbi, Sophie, and Mallory. They are members of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Pierre.[4][3]

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Contact Information

South Dakota

Capitol Address:
Secretary of State
500 East Capitol Avenue, Suite 204
Pierre, SD 57501-5070

Phone: (605) 773-3537
Fax: (605) 773-6580
E-mail: sdsos@state.sd.us

See also

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References

  1. KDLT News, "Jason Gant Elected S.D. Sec. of State," November 2, 2010
  2. Gant4SD, "Jason Gant elected SD Secretary of State," November 4, 2010
  3. 3.0 3.1 South Dakota Secretary of State, "Office of the Secretary," accessed March 7, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 South Dakota Secretary of State "Biography" Accessed January 17, 2013
  5. SoDakLiberty, "Thanks to South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant I May Have to Vote NO On All Proposed Amendments," October 13, 2012
  6. Election Law Blog, "South Dakota Secretary of State Jason M. Gant pleased with new cloud-based election night reporting solution," June 7, 2012
  7. Keloland, "SOS Gant: E-Poll Books Prevent Voter Fraud ," June 5, 2013
  8. Rapid City Journal, "Effort to oust Rapid City alderman falls short," June 4, 2013
  9. KDLT News, "E-Poll Books Used For School Board Election," May 16, 2013
  10. DRGNews, "Former SD Secretary of State Kundert Dies," June 10, 2013
  11. 'Argus Leader, "Morning Conversation with Jason Gant, SD Secretry of State," November 1, 2012
  12. Real Clear Politics, "Embattled SD secretary of state employee resigns," July 6, 2012
  13. KSFY, "Jackley: No violations by Secretary of State Jason Gant, Pat Powers," July 17, 2012
  14. South Dakota State News, "Gant Announces Concealed Pistol Permits for April," April 2013
  15. South Dakota Legislature - List of Standing Committees
  16. South Dakota Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results
  17. Jason Gant.com, " My Vision for South Dakota," accessed June 26, 2013
  18. South Dakota Secretary of State - 2008 General Election Results
  19. South Dakota Secretary of State - 2006 General Election Results
  20. South Dakota Secretary of State - 2004 Republican Primary Election Results
  21. South Dakota Secretary of State - 2004 General Election Results
  22. Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Jason Gant," accessed May 10, 2013
  23. Follow the Money.org


Political offices
Preceded by
Chris Nelson (R)
South Dakota Secretary of State
2010–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Mitch Richter
South Dakota Senate - District 11
2004–2010
Succeeded by
Todd Schlekeway (R)