Sioux Falls, SD (June 8, 2020) – The South Dakota Democratic Party will hold their 2020 State Party Convention remotely on Saturday, June 20th, beginning at 8 am. 

Party members will gather—via the safety of their own homes—to elect a National Committeeman, National Committeewoman, Public Utilities Commission candidate, and three Presidential electors. Deb Knecht, of Aberdeen, will run for a second 4-year term as National Committeewoman. Newcomer Dennis Olson, of Huron, has been nominated by former legislator Peggy Gibson to serve as National Committeeman.

Remi Bald Eagle, of Eagle Butte, has announced his intention of running for the PUC nomination. He currently serves as the Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Remi is also serving as Co-Chair of the state convention.

A new SDDP Party Platform and Resolutions will also be reviewed and adopted.

“Our members are excited about gathering to address important issues facing our state and nation. Great leadership is stepping up to help move our party forward.” – Randy Seiler, SDDP Chair

The final order of business will be to finalize the National Democratic Party Convention Delegate process. Based on the proportion of votes in the SD Presidential primary, the top 8 Biden delegates, top 2 Sanders delegates, and 2 Biden alternates from the District-level Delegate Selection process will be affirmed.

The SDDP Chair, Vice Chair,  Committeeman, Committeewoman, plus Senator Tom Daschle are considered automatic delegates to the DNC National Convention. Two Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO), both pledged to Vice President Biden and 4 At-Large Delegates (3 Biden and 1 Sanders pledge) will also be selected. This brings the SDDP delegation to the total of 21 to the DNC National Convention. If you are interested in serving as either a PLEO or At-Large Delegate, pledges will be accepted until noon on Friday, June 12. Pledge forms are available at

The DNC National Convention is slated for the week of August 17th, 2020, postponed from its original date in July.

“During these challenging times, it is critical that South Dakota Democrats remain active and engaged. I look forward to a highly successful 2020 state convention, where we come together in the spirit of progressive change.” – Nikki Gronli, SDDP Party Vice Chair, and State Convention Co-Chair.

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