Jackley unchallenged in race for attorney general after Democrats field no candidate

Republican Marty Jackley is the de facto winner of the race for attorney general in November.

That’s because the state’s Democratic and Libertarian parties failed to field candidates to challenge Jackley for the job. The Democratic Party’s state convention was held this past weekend.

Jackley said he was honored to be South Dakota’s Republican nominee and attorney general-elect.

“I recognize that elected Republican, Democratic and Independent prosecutors and sheriffs have all been an important part of our team, and I pledge to serve alongside them to protect communities, secure justice and support victims of crime. criminals,” Jackley said in an email.

Jackley was previously attorney general before term limits forced him to resign. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2018 and has since been a partner at the law firm Gunderson Palmer.

Jackley has been replaced as attorney general by Jason Ravnsborg, who was recently removed from his post for his involvement in a fatal car accident that claimed the life of a pedestrian.

Jackley said he continues to support term limits.

“Due to term limits, my past experience as Attorney General is now enhanced by four years of new insights gained in the private sector and additional hands-on experience as a small state attorney for Jones and Haakon,” Jackley said.

Denise W. Whigham