'Smiling postman' to run for state House seatJim Schorzmann, D-Mitchell, known to some in the city as “the smiling postman” because of his years of smiling and waving while walking his postal route, filed his petitions last week.
By: Anna Jauhola, The Daily Republic
A former Mitchell postal carrier has filed a candidacy for the South Dakota House in District 20.
Jim Schorzmann, D-Mitchell, known to some in the city as “the smiling postman” because of his years of smiling and waving while walking his postal route, filed his petitions last week.
“I’ve always kind of thought about it, and now that I’m retired, I have time to do it.”
Schorzmann said he’d like to see education take a higher priority. He’s not happy about how Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s education legislation turned out this year.
“It didn’t go about things the right way,” he said.
His love of South Dakota is another reason Schorzmann decided to run for office.
“I don’t like to see the state getting taken advantage of by big businesses,” he said.
Others running for the House in District 20 are incumbents Tona Rozum, R-Mitchell, and Lance Carson, R-Mitchell. The top two vote-getters in the Nov. 6 election will win the two House seats in District 20, which will include Jerauld, Aurora and Davison counties because of newly redrawn districts.
Three men are running for the state Senate in District 20: incumbent Mike Vehle, R-Mitchell, Steve Sibson, R-Mitchell, and Quinten Burg, D-Wessington Springs. Vehle and Sibson will face off in a June 5 primary, with the winter taking on Burg in the Nov. 6 general election.