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South Dakota Down Ballot State Executive Elections

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

South Dakota State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
GovernorLt. GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Auditor, Commissioner of School and Public Lands, Public Utility Commissioner

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Five down ballot state executive positions are up for election in the state of South Dakota in 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014.

South Dakota is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote. Registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters may vote in the Democratic primary. Only registered Republicans may vote in the Republican primary.[1]

Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running?
Treasurer Richard Sattgast
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2011 Yes[2]
State Auditor Steve Barnett
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2011 Yes[2]
Public Utilities Commission Gary Hanson
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2002 Yes[3]
Commissioner of School and Public Lands Vernon L. Larson
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2013 No[4]

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
March 25 Filing deadline for political party candidates
April 29 Filing deadline for independent candidates
June 3 Primary election
November 4 General election

Note: In South Dakota, nominees for statewide executive offices other than Governor are selected at party conventions. As such, the following lists of candidates are not official and will continue to be updated until the conventions are completed. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.


Current incumbent

Republican Party Richard Sattgast - running for re-election[2]


The official duties of the South Dakota treasurer are outlined in Chapter 1-10, Section 1 of the South Dakota Codified Laws:

  • have charge of and safely keep all public moneys which shall be paid into the state treasury
  • pay out the same as directed by law
  • perform such other duties as are required of him by law[5]


Note: Candidates for the office of Treasurer are nominated at the state conventions of each political party.[6]


Current incumbent

Republican Party Steve Barnett - running for re-election[2]


The auditor is an independent officeholder who serves as a watchdog, scrutinizing the manner in which state tax dollars are being spent.


Note: Candidates for the office of Auditor are nominated at the state conventions of each political party.[6]

Secretary of Education

Current incumbent

Independent Melody Schopp


The secretary provides education leadership at the state level. The office is responsible for directing the department's strategic planning, communications, and oversees legislative action and personnel.[7]

Public Utilities Commission

Current incumbent

Republican Party Gary Hanson


The commission regulates utility companies, helps to resolve disputes between customers and their utilities, operates safety programs, and licenses and inspects state public grain warehouses and grain buyers.

Commissioner of School and Public Lands

Current incumbent

Republican Party Vernon L. Larson - (not running)

Potential candidates

Note: Candidates for the office of Commissioner of School and Public Lands are nominated at the state conventions of each political party.[6]



The South Dakota Commissioner of School and Public Lands is responsible for the leasing and sale of surface and mineral rights on state lands, including lands originally designated for public education. The revenue from these sales and leases are put into the Permanent Trust Fund for educational funding in South Dakota, and this fund is further managed by the commissioner's office.[10]

See also