May 22, 2023

Sioux Falls, SD – The South Dakota Democratic Party (SDDP) is pleased to announce Dan Ahlers as the party’s new Executive Director. Dan brings extensive administrative and political experience to the role as a former administrator of the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce, small business owner, and state legislator.

“I am pleased to welcome Dan onboard as our Executive Director. He has developed relationships across the state and has the skills needed to continue to build our grassroots organization. Dan understands the political landscape in South Dakota. He knows the work ahead of us to hold Republicans accountable and recruit candidates to replace them. I look forward to all we will accomplish together.” – Jennifer Slaight-Hansen, Chair, SDDP

“I am thankful for the opportunity to work for an organization with such a rich history of serving hardworking South Dakotans. From Kneip, Abourezk and McGovern to Daschle, Johnson and Herseth Sandlin to today’s exceptional and talented Democratic state legislators, the South Dakota Democratic Party has been here representing all South Dakotans. I look forward to continuing that legacy by growing our party and ensuring that every South Dakotan’s voice is not only heard, but represented.”  – Dan Ahlers, Executive Director, SDDP

You can contact Dan and the South Dakota Democratic Party by email at or by phone at 605-271-5405.