Democrats pick former Roberts Co. state’s attorney Nikolas as District 1 House candidate

ABERDEEN, S.D.(Aberdeen American News)- Aberdeen native and former Roberts County State’s Attorney Kay Nikolas has been selected as the second Democratic candidate who will be running in District 1 for one of two available seats in the state House of Representatives.

Nikolas, 69, of Sisseton fills the vacancy left by Jennifer Healy Keintz, D-Eden, who filed a petition as a candidate, but withdrew her candidacy. She was later announced as the lieutenant governor selection for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jamie Smith of Sioux Falls.

Nikolas was elected by members of the Democratic Party Central Committee in District 1 on Wednesday in Webster, according to a report from District 1 House candidate Steven McCleerey, D-Sisseton. The 11 voting members from Day, Marshall and Roberts counties unanimously selected Nikolas for the November ballot.