Independent announces run for Senate in South Dakota against lone major party candidate

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From ABC:

A former South Dakota teacher who has run unsuccessfully for the U.S. House and Senate says he’ll challenge Sen. John Thune as an independent candidate.Thirty-9-year-old Kurt Evans of Mitchell announced his plans Monday.

South Dakota Democrats have failed to find a candidate to challenge Thune, a popular Republican who is seeking a second term in the Senate.

Evans is the son of late country musician Kyle Evans. He ran unsuccessfully for the House as an independent in 1996. When he ran for the U.S. Senate as a Libertarian in 2002, Evans received less than 1 percent of the votes.

In 2003, a judge issued an order prohibiting Evans from approaching a South Dakota State University basketball player after finding that Evans had stalked the woman.

16 thoughts on “Independent announces run for Senate in South Dakota against lone major party candidate

  1. Richard Winger

    Don’t forget, the Constitution Party is a ballot-qualified party in South Dakota and it has a candidate for U.S. Senate also. He is being kept off the Constitution Party primary ballot on very unjust grounds. I hope the party will sue, and if they do, I think they will win.

  2. Green Party Conservative

    Richard Winger always doing great work!

    Thanks for this story.

    I’d like to see the Green Party get behind this candidate.

    Green Party Watch is reporting tonight…

    Green Party of Pennsylvania needs your help to get on the ballot

    April 6th, 2010 by Dave Schwab · 1 Comment

    From the Green Party of Pennsylvania:

    The Green Party of Pennsylvania needs your help to get our U.S. Senate candidate, Mel Packer, on the ballot. We must turn in 19,000+ valid signatures to the Pennsylvania Department of State by August 1, 2010. Because some signatures will likely be invalid, we need to collect as many as we can.

    To help, please contact your local petition coordinator or Sandra Hazley, at sandylee945 [at] gmail [dot] com with “Petition Information” in the subject line.

    http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2010/04/06/green-party-of-pennsylvania-needs-your-help-to-get-on-the-ballot/

  3. Ross Levin Post author

    Richard, if the candidate’s blocked from the primary ballot could he still make it onto the general election ballot?

  4. Green Party Conservative

    Also at Green Party Watch

    http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2010/04/06/jill-stein-announces-running-mate-sets-goal-for-public-matching-funds/

    “How the corporations broke Ralph Nader and America, too”
    April 6th, 2010 by Dave Schwab · No Comments
    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges has written an article for Truthdig chronicling how Ralph Nader’s quest for a better society was overpowered by a coordinated corporate takeover of the media and political establishment. Ralph Nader was the Green Party candidate for president in 1996 and 2000, when he was scapegoated by Democratic Party pundits (see the documentary “An Unreasonable Man”) for the Republican Party’s theft of the election (see the documentary “American Blackout”).

    http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2010/04/06/how-the-corporations-broke-ralph-nader-and-america-too/

  5. Concerned Citizen

    This really is a great PLAS opportunity, probably the best ever. With no Democrat, there’s even a better opportunity to take most of the left progressive vote.

  6. Robert Milnes

    Concerned Citizen, yes, very astute. Unfortunately, this opportunity will probaby get wasted too.
    New Federalist, a restraining order is far from a conviction.

  7. Andy

    “Richard Winger // Apr 6, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Don’t forget, the Constitution Party is a ballot-qualified party in South Dakota and it has a candidate for U.S. Senate also. He is being kept off the Constitution Party primary ballot on very unjust grounds. I hope the party will sue, and if they do, I think they will win.”

    The Libertarian Party COULD BE a ballot qualified party in South Dakota right now if the petition drive to obtain full party status in 2008 had not been screwed up.

    South Dakota had to petition requirements, one is 8,389 valid signatures by March 25th of 2008 for the party to obtain full party status. This means that they could run a slate of candidates with the Libertarian Party label next to their names on the ballot. The full party status petition is also good for ballot access for 4 years (2 election cycles).

    The other requirment is to put the presidential ticket only on the ballot as independents (as in with no party label next to their names on the ballot). This requirement was for 3,356 valid petition signatures due on August 5th.

    The Libertarian Party started gathering signatures for the full party status petition in South Dakota around May of 2007. They obviously had several months to complete this petition drive. I inquired about going to South Dakota to work on the petition drive in 2007 and I was told that they had it under control and did not need anyone else. When 2008 came around they still did not have enough signatures. I heard that they hired some “petition company” which failed to get enough valid signatures by the deadline.

    Since they failed on the full party status petition, the Libertarian Party had to do another petition drive in South Dakota to put the presidential ticket of Bob Barr and Wayne Root on the ballot as independents. They did manage to get enough valid signatures by the August 5th deadline, so technically the Libertarian Party did have ballot access in South Dakota in 2008, however, this was obviously less valuable than having full party status.

    Failing to make the full party status petition deadline in South Dakota in 2008 is one of the many Libertarian Party ballot access failures of 2008. This shouldn’t have been a suprise considering the incompetents and crooks who were running the show in 2008.

  8. Green Party Conservative

    Will Green Party candidate step up?

    Green Party of South Dakota seeking candidate…

    Green Party Watch reports

    An opening for Greens in South Dakota
    April 7th, 2010 by Dave Schwab

    Ross Levin posted the following note at GreenChange.org:

    There’s no Democratic candidate for Senate in South Dakota…

    A perfect race for the Greens. It’s a small state, meaning that more votes can come from less money, and one of the major parties has failed to put a candidate in.

    http://elections.firedoglake.com/2010/0…

    The filing deadline for Dems and Reps has passed, but for independents (not sure what the Green Party is in South Dakota or how this applies to them – anyone know?) the deadline is June. There’s already one independent, a former Libertarian candidate, trying to get on the ballot, but that’s no reason why the Greens couldn’t run a candidate or nominate an independent.

    Thoughts? Anyone in South Dakota out there, or know of anyone worth running in South Dakota?
    http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2010/04/07/an-opening-for-greens-in-south-dakota/

  9. Green Party Conservative

    Green Party gets ink in THE NATION mag..

    Green Party’s Governor candidate Rich Whitney mentioned in Nation article on state banks

    April 7th, 2010 by Dave Schwab ·

    John Nichols of The Nation mentions Rich Whitney, Illinois Green Party candidate for governor, in a recent article entitled “Banking for the People”:

    In Illinois, Green Party gubernatorial nominee Rich Whitney, who won 10 percent of the statewide vote in 2006, proposes depositing all state tax revenues and pension contributions in a state bank.

    “Instead of using state funds as a means to further enrich private banks, a state-owned bank could earn additional revenue for the state while at the same time help spur economic development in Illinois,” he argues.

    http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2010/04/07/rich-whitney-mentioned-in-nation-article-on-state-banks/

  10. Green Party Conservative

    Chicago Voter // Apr 7, 2010 at 12:03 pm
    comments..

    The green party has a really chance to make some noise in the Illinois Governor Election, Governors Quinn’s approval rating are dismal, around 25 percent, and he is trialing his Republican opponent by 10% or more depending on the poll. His approval numbers are terrible in the African American community.

  11. .......... Lake

    “was told that they had it under control and did not need anyone else. When 2008 came around they still did not have enough signatures ……”

    ———- Have you heard similar tales of the stumble, bumble Nader ballot effort in California per P2004 ?????????????

  12. Sean Scallon

    “There’s no Democratic candidate for Senate in South Dakota…

    A perfect race for the Greens. It’s a small state, meaning that more votes can come from less money, and one of the major parties has failed to put a candidate in.”

    Indeed it is a the perfect race for any non-major party candidate when one of the majors steps aside.

    It will be interesting to see if Mr. Evans gets more votes as an independent rather than as an LP candidate.

  13. Third Party Revolution

    Third Party Revolution would like to endorse Kurt Evans in his campaign for the South Dakota US Senate seat, along with many other third party and independent candidates seeking public offices nationwide, ranging from local to federal levels.

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