Party Officers

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Party Officers2019-05-03T19:11:24+00:00
Paula Hawks
Paula HawksChair
Hawks grew up on her family’s farm near Flandreau, where she developed a passion for hard work and helping her neighbors. After graduating from Flandreau Public High School, Hawks went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in biology from South Dakota State University. She met and married Steve Hawks, a rancher from the Faith area. Together, they have three children: Ruby, Tristan and Amelia. In 2012, Paula entered the race for the District 9 legislative seat. She won that election against an incumbent Republican in a Republican district. She served for two terms, winning a tough re-election bid in 2014. During her second term, Paula was chosen by her fellow Democratic representatives to be a minority whip. Hawks was the Democratic nominee for U.S. House in 2016. She currently serves as the vice president of the West Central school board.

Randy Seiler
Randy SeilerVice-Chair
Randy was raised in Herreid, South Dakota, a small town near the North Dakota border. Before pursuing his dream of becoming a lawyer, Randy spent four years in the United States Air Force, serving a tour of duty in Vietnam and earning the Air Force Commendation Medal for meritorious service. He returned to the United States and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. He was appointed by Governor Richard F. Kneip to serve as the director of the South Dakota Division of Law Enforcement Assistance. As a law student at USD, he was Editor-in-Chief of the South Dakota Law Review; he graduated as a Sterling Honor Graduate and a recipient of the Gavel Award, awarded to the outstanding student in the graduating class. He then served as a law clerk in the United States District Court in Sioux Falls before going into private practice in Mobridge. Practicing law in a rural South Dakota community adjacent to two Indian reservations included work in state and federal court as well as the tribal courts of the Cheyenne River Sioux and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribes. During that time, he also served as the Campbell County Deputy States Attorney and Special Judge for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
After 13 years in private practice, Randy began his distinguished tenure as Assistant United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota. Randy was the lead counsel on more than 70 federal felony jury trials and more than 500 criminal cases. His work was considered exemplary, earning him the Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention in 2001, and the first-ever presentation of the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance in Indian County in 2009.
Randy became the First Assistant United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota in 2009. He was responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of the United States Attorney’s Office. He was the supervisor of the United States Attorney’s branch office in Pierre and directly involved in all prosecutorial matters and decision-making. He also served as Tribal Liaison during this time, consulting and coordinating with tribal communities, victim advocates, and tribal justice officials and leaders to address any issues in the prosecution of major crimes in Indian Country.
On March 12, 2015, Randy was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota. In addition to serving as the Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer in the state, he continued his dedication to civil rights by serving on the Justice Department’s Native American Issues Subcommittee and Civil Rights Committee.
Despite being one of the United States Attorneys not asked to resign by President Donald Trump, Randy announced his retirement in 2017. But his passion for law enforcement made his retirement brief and led him to, in his own words, be a “good neighbor” and serve as Interim State’s Attorney for Hughes County. Once that position was permanently filled by former Hughes County Deputy State’s Attorney, Randy served the office as the Deputy State’s Attorney. Randy was the Democratic nominee for South Dakota Attorney in 2018.
Bill Nibbelink
Bill NibbelinkTreasurer
Bill has served as Treasurer of the SDDP for several years. He and his wife, Angie, live in Flandreau. Nibbelink is a property management consultant specializing in assisting Native American tribes provide decent and affordable housing to their members. He serves on the Boards of several organizations including the Interlakes Community Action Partnership and Dakota Rural Action. Nibbelink has been active in the Moody County Democrats for over 30 years and is currently serving as the Treasurer.
Lorri May
Lorri MaySecretary
Lorri May has been involved in the Democratic Party for 33 years. She is presently the Secretary of the State Party and the Lake County Chairperson. She’s worked for the party in Get Out the Vote, walking petitions, as VoteBuilder Administrator, and working with candidates statewide. She hails from Stickney, SD, in Aurora County, where her mother was Aurora County Auditor. She believes in progressive politics and works in Lake County, District 8, and around the state to help that happen.