This is shaping up to be a unique political season in South Dakota. Consider:
- John Thune could soon become the first person in our state’s history to run unopposed for the U.S. Senate;
- Republicans who previously needed their arms twisted to enter a race against U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin are jumping into and out of the race at a breakneck pace (five people have been in the GOP race at one time or another, though the number now stands at three);
- A former first lady, Patricia Miller, plans to run for state auditor;
- And Ron Volesky, who once pledged to The Daily Republic that he would never again seek an elected office, made a short-lived bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination with his high-school-sophomore son serving as his campaign manager.
Now comes news of what has to be one of the shortest, if not the shortest, congressional campaigns in our state’s history. Steve Hickey, a pastor from Sioux Falls, announced his candidacy for the U.S. House just last Tuesday. Today, a mere six days later, he announced that he is dropping out of the race, throwing his support to Kristi Noem (who also announced her candidacy Tuesday), and is running instead for a state House seat from District 9.
I can’t wait to see what else this campaign season has in store for us.