Democratic Party plans to work through financial issues

HARTFORD, S.D. (WNAX) – The South Dakota Democratic Party is struggling to regain its financial footing following an audit by the Federal Election Commission that found misspent money and incomplete records. The party closed offices in Sioux Falls and Rapid City to cut expenses.

Party Chair, Paula Hawks of Hartford, says they plan to work their way back.

Hawks says they want to send a positive message to potential Democratic candidates.

Hawks says they will find a way to support their candidates.

At least two potential candidates have expressed interest in next year’s U.S. House race. Hawks says they will also field a candidate to challenge incumbent Republican Senator Mike Rounds.