Sioux Falls, SD (March 25, 2020) – The South Dakota Democratic Party hosted their statewide caucus on Saturday, March 21st to select delegates to the National Convention in Milwaukee, July 13-16, 2020.  Those elected, in priority order, are eligible to continue on to the National Convention pending the results of the June 2nd primary election. Delegates are allocated according to the proportion of votes won in the primary election, to the nearest whole number. 

The statewide caucus was held via video conference after approval from the DNC in response to the Covid-19 crisis. Over 150 people took part in the delegate selection process at one of the seven regional caucuses held on March 14th. Approximately 50 pledged delegates for each remaining presidential candidate moved on to the state selection and participated in virtual caucuses.

“For the safety of our members this was the best way to handle this process. Democratic party members from across the state took part. They were patient with the process and thankful we took these measures.” – Randy Seiler, Chair

South Dakota has a total of 21 delegates to the National Convention. They include ten district level delegates, five SDDP leaders (SDDP Chair, Vice Chair, Committeeman, Committeewoman & Sen. Tom Daschle), two Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) and four At-Large Delegates.

The Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) and At-Large Delegates to the National Convention will be elected at the South Dakota Democratic Party’s State Convention, scheduled for June 19-20, 2020.

Here are the results for Saturday’s caucus in priority order.

Statewide Delegate Selection Caucus for Vice President Joe Biden

Brooke Abdallah, Spearfish
Mark Anderson, Sioux Falls
Shalene Thompson, Lake Andes
Kellen Returns From Scout, Rapid City
Sydney Walker, Watertown
Connor Hansen, Aberdeen
Linda Duba, Sioux Falls
Lyndon Hart, Flandreau
Betty Deberg, Sioux Falls
Dennis Olson, Huron
Candice Brings Plenty, Porcupine (Alternate)
John Solberg, Mitchell (Alternate)

Statewide Delegate Selection Caucus for Senator Bernie Sanders

Alexandra Fredericks, Winner
Remi Beautiful Bald Eagle, Eagle Butte
Allison Renville, Sisseton
Laree Pourier, Pine Ridge
Carter Demaray, Yankton
Elizabeth Lone Eagle, Bridger
Steven Just, Sisseton
Amanda Fickes, Brookings
Josh Del Colle, Pine Ridge
Courtney Merchant, Vermillion
John Schmidt, Woonsocket (Alternate)
Clara Hart, Sioux Falls (Alternate)

For questions, please call or email: Pam Cole, Executive Director, SDDP
(605) 271-5405 or