Merrill learned the value of hard work growing up on the family dairy farm, and the value of public service at a young age, watching his father and grandfather serve on the local school board, county commission and numerous agriculture boards. Merrill is excited to work on rural issues during his term as state vice and interim chair. Shane looks forward to building a stronger party.
When not working on the farm, you can find Shane coaching baseball for the Parker Pheasants, fishing on the Missouri River or spending time serving his community on numerous local boards.
While a regional representative on the Executive Board of the Democratic party, Jessica worked to rebuild party infrastructure in the SouthEastern corner of the state for 3 years while running for a state senate seat.
In September of 2023 she was unanimously voted Vice Chair of the South Dakota Democratic Party. In addition to developing her business, she serves as the President of the Transformation Project, a trans advocacy nonprofit based in South Dakota