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Secretary of State Gant won’t seek second term

South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant has announced he will not seek a second term.

In a letter to the editor received Wednesday by The Daily Republic, Gant said he plans to return to the private sector after his current term ends in 2015, rather than run for re-election in the November 2014 general election.

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Gant has served as South Dakota’s secretary of state since taking office in January 2011.

“I am far from perfect, but I have always tried to do my best to serve the people of South Dakota well,” he said in the letter. “Tremendous improvements have been made in the secretary of state’s office, with more to come. I may not be seeking another term; however, my drive and determination are as strong as ever.”

Gant, a Geddes native, served in the state Senate beginning in 2003 until becoming secretary of state.

Gant said in the letter that his proudest accomplishment as secretary of state was the creation and implementation of vote centers across the state.

“This revolutionary change to our election system is breaking down barriers, while cutting costs,” he said. “Creating the opportunity for people to vote anywhere allows for greater participation in our democratic process while increasing the security of our ballot.”

Before his term ends, Gant said he plans to roll out an elections app for smartphones or tablets, launch a military voting system and continue to promote South Dakota as open for business.

“My mission is clear and my focus is on target to continue to serve South Dakota,” he said.