Former independent candidate in court
PIERRE (AP) — Former U.S. Senate candidate Clayton Walker, who failed to make the November ballot in South Dakota, made an initial court appearance Monday on charges of perjury and fi ling false election documents.
Walker, 33, an independent from Black Hawk, attended the hearing at the Hughes County Courthouse in Pierre but did not enter a plea. Circuit Judge John Brown scheduled an arraignment for August.
Secretary of State Jason Gant pulled Walker from the ballot after his nominating petitions were successfully challenged on grounds they included unregistered voters and had other discrepancies.
Walker has said he believes the complaint was politically motivated. Attorney General Marty Jackley announced in May that he would investigate several nominating petitions submitted by U.S. Senate candidates, including Walker and Republican Annette Bosworth.
Bosworth, a Sioux Falls physician, lost the June 3 GOP primary with 6 percent of the vote. Bosworth was charged with election law violations the next day and later indicted. She pleaded not guilty last week to 12 counts of perjury and fi ling false documents. Among other things, Bosworth is accused of fraudulently claiming she was gathering voter signatures when she was really on a Christian mission trip to the Philippines.