Representative Auch comments on SB40

PIERRE, S.D.(WNAX)- A bill that would change how political parties nominate some statewide candidates is making its way through the South Dakota legislature.

District 18 Representative Julie Auch of Lesterville says it stems from last year’s republican convention.

Auch says there were challenges to incumbent office holders.

At the convention, Monae Johnson defeated incumbent Secretary of State Steve Barnett for the nomination.

Auch says the bill would move the Attorney General and Secretary of State nominations to a statewide primary.

The bill is waiting on a hearing in the Senate State Affairs Committee.