PIERRE, S.D. -- Ronald Wieczorek of Mt. Vernon submitted around 4,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office Tuesday, April 24, in Pierre, in a bid to make the November ballot as a candidate for South Dakota's sole seat in the U.S. House.

It's a candidacy based in part on support for President Donald Trump, who Wieczorek says "has been trapped by partisan politics."

Tuesday was the deadline for independent candidates like Wieczorek to submit their signature petition. The deadline for primary candidates was March 27.

If enough of Wieczorek's submitted signatures are determined to be valid, he'll make it onto the November ballot with Democrat Tim Bjorkman, Libertarian George Hendrickson and the winner of the Republican primary.

The Republican primary on June 5 is being contested by three candidates: current Secretary of State Shantel Krebs, former Public Utilities Commissioner Dusty Johnson, and current State Senator Neal Tapio.