Platte legislator Tom Deadrick has announced that he will run next year for secretary of state. Generally, the holder of that office is in charge of elections, campaign-finance reporting and business registration. People elected to the office have typically performed their duties as quietly as possible, the recent flap over ballot-issue campaign donations notwithstanding.
Deadrick has a different vision for the office. As we reported today, he wants to make South Dakota a Midwest center for corporate registration similar to the state of Delaware.
Corporate registrations mean “hundreds of millions of dollars for Delaware, but if we could get a part of that business it would be millions of dollars for South Dakota,” he said.
The actual powers of the secretary of state are spelled out in a section of the state constitution, which you can peruse by clicking here.
What do you think about Deadrick’s idea? Is that kind of project an appropriate one for the secretary of state to undertake, or is it better left to legislators and the governor to instigate such a policy?