Another candidate has thrown his hat into the ring to represent District 20 in Pierre.
Paul Miskimins, who practiced dentistry in Mitchell for nearly 38 years, is the second candidate to enter the fray for the two available House of Representatives seats in District 20 this fall. Miskimins, 65, was born in Wessington Springs and now lives in Mitchell, both at opposite corners of District 20. If elected, he would serve Aurora, Davison and Jerauld counties.
Miskimins, who is a member of the Dakota Wesleyan University Board of Trustees, said he is excited about the possibility of serving his fellow South Dakotans in Pierre.
"I know it's a challenge being 65 to be visionary, but creating a future and setting good standards for the future is something I'd very much appreciate," Miskimins said.
If elected, Miskimins said he won't bring a "set agenda" with him.
"I don't have a set agenda, I don't have any axes to grind personally or professionally or against any party or individual, I'm just going there to serve the best I can," Miskimins said. "And I pledged to myself to be a lifelong learner, and this is going to give me a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow."
District 20's state Reps. Lance Carson and Tona Rozum have not indicated intentions to campaign in 2018. Rozum is term-limited out of the House of Representatives, but Carson is not. District 20 state Sen. Joshua Klumb has previously announced his candidacy for re-election.
Lance Koth, also a Mitchell Republican, previously announced his candidacy.