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Marty Jackley
Marty Jackley

Jackley likely to seek re-election as AG

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

Attorney General Marty Jackley is a runner, and he plans to keep running.

Jackley, a Republican, hasn't officially announced whether he intends to run for re-election to his post as South Dakota's top prosecutor, but he made his intentions clear in a discussion Friday with The Daily Republic's editorial board.

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"I've enjoyed this position and certainly it will be my intent to seek it again," Jackley said.

Jackley, a former U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota, is an active runner, but hasn't had as much time for the hobby lately as he tries to balance the legal and political sides of his job.

"I've been a big believer that if you do the office well, the politics will take care of itself," he said.

When election season arrives in full, Jackley said he will sell himself to the public using the team he has built around him at the Attorney General's Office.

"Overall, it will be the way we've built the team that protects the public," he said.

Jackley is also proud of his active role in the Legislature, with multiple bills coming out of his office since he took over in 2010.

The election process, Jackley said, has made him a better attorney general by getting him out among the general public.

"The public is going to let you know what's important to them," he said.

When asked if he might run for governor someday, as some have speculated, Jackley said this: "I've had two former governors tell me that I have the best job in state government," he said, referring to former governors and attorney generals Bill Janklow and Frank Farrar, "so I'm going to heed their advice."

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