Standing Firm on Principle and Upholding our Constitution in South Dakota

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Rick Gortmaker announces run for Governor

Constitution Party member Rick Gortmaker has decided to first seek the party's nomination for Governor. If he should not receive the nomination, then he will enter the race for State House, District 35.

We now are back to having a contested race for Governor!  We welcome Rick to the race. May the best person for the office ultimately win the nomination.

Save the Date: July 14, 2018

South Dakota history will be made on July 14, 2018!

Join us in Sioux Falls as we embark on a Patriots' journey back to constitutionally-limited government.

The Constitution Party of South Dakota will be nominating all candidates by convention. Anticipating having a US House candidate on the general election ballot for the first time in state party history!

We will likely also have a contested race for Governor.  For the first time, we anticipate our party members will be able to choose from more than one gubernatorial candidate.

All members of the public and press are invited to attend. If you intend to vote, you must be verified at the door to be a registered member of the CP of SD. If you need to change your voter registration, don't wait until the last minute.  No exceptions can legally be made for voter registration changes not yet updated on Secretary of State's website.

Location: American Legion Post #15, 1701 W. Legion Drive, Sioux Falls
Time: 3:00pm cst

Seating is limited. Reserve your seat in history today!

More program details to follow.  Stay tuned....

2018 CP State Convention

Sunday, May 20, 2018

State Party Secretary vacancy

Kurt Evans has decided to step down from the office of State Party Secretary. He has also withdrawn from seeking our party's nomination for Governor.

We wish Kurt the best in his future aspirations.

Party members interested in serving as Party Secretary through the balance of the term which ends in 2020, please contact State Chairman Lori Stacey for details.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

State Convention scheduled. Reserve your seat today!

The Committee of Five present their work, June 1776, detail of John Trumbull's 1819 painting Declaration of Independence

UPDATE:  Location and time of CP State Convention has been set for 3:00pm on Saturday, July 14, 2018 in the ballroom of the American Legion Post #15 located at:  1701 W. Legion Drive in Sioux Falls.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED:  Make your reservation today!

We greatly encourage early convention registration which will help us to better plan this year's exciting and historic Constitution Party of South Dakota State Convention!

We would like to be able to bring in live entertainment and a nationally-known keynote speaker.  This will be dependent upon the amount of early registrations received and any additional donations to State Party which will be needed to secure the necessary arrangements.  So......reserve your seat and/or make a donation today!

State Convention registration is as follows:

1 person @ $17.76
2 people @ $30.00

We anticipate limited seating. Reserve your seat today!            

2018 CP State Convention

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Stand-up for the Constitution Money Bomb!

All of our candidates for public office will be thoroughly vetted by party members at our state convention on July 14, 2018.  Only those with the courage to stand-up and defend the constitution will be nominated.

We greatly encourage Constitutionists across our nation to help us raise funds for our historic 2018 state convention and beyond!  The Constitution Party of South Dakota needs to raise funds to help support all of our efforts in this exciting 2018 election cycle.

Your donation is greatly appreciated!

Please click on the "donate" button to contribute by credit/debit card or through paypal, today.  Be sure to click "share address details" as we will need this information for reporting purposes if you donate more than $100 to the party this calendar year.

We will be setting-up debates in coming weeks for our gubernatorial candidates and we are expecting other candidates to jump into other races very soon!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Second Gubernatorial candidate jumps in, a third possible.

Terry LaFleur has announced he will be seeking the Constitution Party's nomination for Governor at our state convention this summer.

This will be the first time in state party history that there will be a contested race for Governor.

Thanks to our recent victory in federal court, multiple Gubernatorial candidate choices for our party members will be possible.

A possible third candidate could be announced next week.

Stay tuned.......

Friday, March 30, 2018

Nomination of County Candidates still under litigation


If you are interested in running for any county office in South Dakota with the Constitution Party, please be advised that nomination by convention for county offices is still under litigation.

While the new law passed (HB 1286) doesn't include the county offices via convention, Judge Piersol's ruling does apply to any office that was subject to a March primary petition deadline.

If you have inquired to run for a county office with our party and were told by anyone that you could not be nominated by convention this summer, this matter is still under litigation and therefore has not been settled yet.

Any prospective candidate that is interested in running for office with the CP in 2018, should fill-out the contact form located down on right-hand side of this website.

We would love to hear from you!

Friday, March 23, 2018

ALL CP of South Dakota candidates will be nominated by convention this summer!

We are excited to announce that all of the Constitution Party of South Dakota candidates for 2018 will be nominated at our state convention this summer!

Thanks to federal Judge Lawrence Piersol's ruling, Secretary Krebs honoring his court order and today, our Governor signing HB1286 into law, we can finally celebrate!

We are very actively recruiting candidates for this historic election.  If you are a strict Constitutionist and 100% pro-life, we would love for you to take the challenge and seek our party's nomination for any of the offices up for election this year.  Please fill-out the contact form on the bottom right-hand side and let us know you are considering running for a particular office with our party.

State Convention will be held sometime after the state Primary Election.  Stay tuned for specific details in the coming weeks.

Spring 2018 National Committee Meeting



                                                          DENVER, COLORADO!

UPDATE:  State Vice Chairman, Joel Bergan, will be heading to Denver next month to represent our South Dakota state party.  Thank you Joel for volunteering to represent us!

Keynote Speaker: Joe Miller
Joe Miller is an attorney and Alaskan politician who battled Senator Lisa Murkowski in her infamous write-in campaign against him during the 2010 election.   He is a graduate of West Point and a 1995 graduate of Yale Law School and is a combat veteran of the 1991 Gulf War.  Married to the former Kathleen Tompkins, they are the parents of four sons and four daughters.

APRIL 20th through the 22nd

Location Information: 
Embassy Suites Hotel Denver International Airport
7001 Yampa Street
Denver, Colorado 80249-6441
Please use this link to reserve your room, or call 1-303-574-3000.
King or Double Suites available.
$149.00 per night, includes a hot breakfast each morning.
Rooms will be available at this price until March 28th, 2018.

Registration Information:
Fee for both National Committee Members and guests is $140.00 per person.  Voting privileges are allowed only for credentialed National Committee Members. Fee will be $160.00 after 29 March to meet hotel meal count requirements.
Fee for students between the ages of 14 and 18 is $115.00.  All children under the age of 18 can attend for free, but meals will not be provided.
Please make sure to note your meal preference (vegetarian or meat) on the registration form.
Registration fee includes a complimentary reception with snacks and beverages each evening from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

Keynote Speaker and Banquet Only:
Option One – Use the registration form to reserve your spot for the Keynote Speech – $20.00
Option Two – Use the registration form to reserve your spot for the Keynote Speech and Banquet – $50.00.
Deadline is March 29th!

How to Register:
Please download and fill out the registration form for all options.
To Pay onlineclick here to pay your registration fee.  Download, print, and fill out registration form here and return to the National Office via fax (1-717-299-5115), or email (bmilcnp@gmail.com), or regular mail.
To Pay with credit card by phone – call Brenda Miller at the National Office (Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Eastern Time); 1-800-283-8647 or 1-717-390-1993, Download, print, and fill out registration form here and return to the National Office via fax (1-717-299-5115), or email (bmilcnp@gmail.com), or regular mail.
To Pay with check – Download, print, and fill out registration form here and return with your payment to the National Office via fax (1-717-299-5115), or email (bmilcnp@gmail.com), or regular mail.
Mailing Address   Constitution Party National Committee; P.O. Box 1782; Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17608

National Committee Members:
Annual dues are $100.00.  If you pay online, please use this link to pay your dues, and this link to pay your registration.
If you are paying by credit card or by check, you may include your dues with your registration fee.  Don’t forget to note this in the appropriate space on your registration form, which can be downloaded here.
If you cannot attend, please fill out the proxy form available on the registration form and return to the National Office ASAP.

We look forward to seeing you at this gathering of Constitutionists –
greeting old friends and meeting new ones!

Friday, March 9, 2018

In the 11th hour.....

In the 11th hour of the last day of session, with certain additional litigation looming and urging by the Governor, SD Legislature finally reverts back to original version of HB1286 and passes a good bill!

For the first time in decades, Alternative Parties in South Dakota will finally be able to function under constitutional ballot-access laws!!!

Bill heads to Governor's desk.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Sometimes....3rd Parties DO Win !!!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  February 21, 2018

We are thrilled to announce the final ruling and opinion by U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Piersol.

Judge Piersol has just ruled in favor of the Constitution Party of South Dakota and Libertarian Party of South Dakota by striking down 4 state statutes which unfairly and unconstitutionally restrict ballot access in South Dakota.

This is a huge victory for South Dakota voters!  It changes the unfair face of South Dakota politics.

We look forward to our State Legislature acting quickly and fairly in changing these state laws to be in compliance with the US Constitution. 

The Constitution Party of South Dakota will always stand-up and defend the Constitution and your right to choose candidates that reflect your ideals!

The actual federal court ruling can be found here.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Our Day in Federal Court Coming Soon......

Update:  All systems are go for our trial starting tomorrow morning!

Remember, it is in the FEDERAL courthouse in Sioux Falls on Phillips Avenue starting at 9am. It is advised to get there no later than between 8:30-8:45. Courtroom 1.

We have been very actively involved in litigation against the State of South Dakota regarding current ballot access laws in our state.  Our lawsuit has gone through a lengthy process for over 2 1/2 years now.  Throughout this long journey for justice, we have been blessed to be represented by a superb legal team with the ACLU and South Dakota's own, Mr. Brendan Johnson. We are hopeful for a successful conclusion to our case very soon.

Unless there is new legislation passed by our State Legislature resolving what we consider to be unconstitutional statutes, prior to February 6, 2018, we will be going to trial.

The tentative trial date has been set for February 6th & 7th in the Federal Courthouse located in Sioux Falls starting at 9:00am in courtroom 1.

We encourage party members and all interested members of the public to join us as we embark on this final step toward opening up ballot access and providing the voters of South Dakota with more options on the ballot in the near future.

Stay tuned for updates as they develop!

Membership Dues

It has been several years since we have suggested voluntary annual membership dues.  Most of our state parties across the nation have used this tool in order to maintain at least a minimum amount of funds to take care of basic expenses.

While it certainly is free to register to vote with the Constitution Party of South Dakota, we are encouraging our members to make a minimum donation of $20 per year or more to help us with expenses and activities throughout the year.  With 2018 poised to be a very exciting election year, your donations would be especially helpful and appreciated.

You may donate by debit/credit card by hitting one of the "donate" buttons along the right side of the page or scroll down to the bottom for our party's mailing address if you would prefer to send a check or money order.  Please make sure you select to SHARE YOUR ADDRESS if you are donating online as this information is necessary for reporting purposes.

Thank you for your generous support!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Message

Today is a day to remember all those that have made the ultimate sacrifice.  May their families always feel the comfort of their countrymen.

The best way we could honor them would be to swiftly work toward bringing all of our troops home so we don't have to add more names to the long list of fallen on this day of remembrance in 2018.

As Dr. Ron Paul has said many times,  "They just marched in, so they can just march back out."

Thursday, February 2, 2017

New Party Officers

For Immediate Release:

Lora Hubbel has decided to step down as State Party Chairman.  We thank her for serving and wish her the best in the future.

The State Central Committee met on Thursday evening,  February 2, 2017 to fill vacancies due to State Chairman's resignation.

Joel Bergan will remain State Party Vice-Chairman.

Kurt Evans has become the new State Party Secretary.

Lori Stacey will resume duties as State Party Chairman and remain Treasurer.