Republicans nominate Shantel Krebs for secretary of state
RAPID CITY (AP) — The South Dakota Republican Party endorsed Shantel Krebs for secretary of state on Saturday at its state convention in Rapid City.
The endorsement for secretary of state was the big-ticket issue for the state's Republicans at the convention. Most candidates already had been chosen in a primary weeks ago, but Pat Miller and Krebs were the two notable candidates still competing to get their party's nod for the November election.
"We are excited to support Shantel in her quest to be the next Secretary of State," Craig Lawrence, the chairman of the state's Republican Party, said in a news release. "She embodies what it means to be a Republican and that was demonstrated through her acceptance of our nomination. We have no doubt that Shantel will bring that same type of focus and energy to the General Election."
Krebs is a state senator from Renner, north of Sioux Falls, and is married to Mitch Krebs, former Gov. Mike Rounds' Senate campaign spokesman. Miller is the deputy secretary of state from Pierre and is married to former Gov. Walter Dale Miller, who was governor from 1993 until 1995.
Secretary of State Jason Gant isn't seeking re-election and plans to return to the private sector at the end of the year.
Democrats will pick their secretary of state nominee next weekend.
The Argus Leader reported that an expected fight about Common Core education standards largely fizzled at the convention Saturday.
The party's 2012 platform opposed adopting any additional Common Core standards, but some activists said they wanted the platform to go further and call to abandon Common Core altogether.
The new platform passed Saturday deletes all specific references to Common Core, and instead opposes "the use of multistate national educational standards or assessments unless adopted by the state Legislature."
Convention delegates also passed a resolution Saturday that calls for the impeachment of President Barack Obama.
The Leader reported the resolution said Obama has "violated his oath of office in numerous ways." It cited the release of five Taliban combatants in a trade for captive U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, the president's statement that people could keep their health insurance companies and recent Environmental Protection Agency regulations on power plants.
It called on the state's U.S. Representatives to start impeachment proceedings against the president.
Delegates voted 191-176 in favor of the resolution.