SIOUX FALLS, SD (AP) — The director of the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigations announced a bid for the Republican nomination for state attorney general on Tuesday, setting up what will be a showdown of at least two candidates for the GOP convention through June.
David Natvig, who heads the Criminal Investigations Division under Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, announced his candidacy in a video touting his work investigating drug trafficking. He will face Marty Jackley, a former attorney general who mounted a campaign to overthrow Ravnsborg as he faced impeachment for his actions surrounding a 2020 car crash in which he struck and killed a pedestrian.
Ravnsborg was impeached by the House last month and faces an impeachment trial in the Senate shortly before the start of the three-day party convention on June 23. He said the Senate trial was a chance for him to be “vindicated”, but did not say whether he would run for re-election if acquitted.
Natvig was appointed by Ravnsborg and was one of his closest associates. He represents a continuation of Ravnsborg’s team in the Attorney General’s Office.
“My plan is to take the success and hard work of the attorney general’s office and build on it,” he said in the campaign announcement video.
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