SD Division Director of Criminal Investigations Runs for State Attorney General

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PIERRE, SD (KELO) — State Criminal Investigations Division Director David Natvig is officially in the running for the Republican nomination for South Dakota attorney general.

The former Brule County State’s Attorney filed his declaration of candidacy paperwork this week with the office of the South Dakota Secretary of State.

The May 25 filing was not accompanied by a pre-primary campaign finance report.

Natvig had publicly announced 15 days earlier, on May 10, that he was running. KELOLAND News asked him for a comment on the timing. State Law defines when an applicant must file a statement of organization.

Natvig is seeking to replace current Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, who is suspended from official duties. Ravnsborg appointed Natvig as director of DCI.

The State House of Representatives decided on April 12 to impeach Ravnsborg in connection with the September 12, 2020 accident that killed pedestrian Joe Boever. The vote was 36-31.

The Senate provides a two-day trial from June 21 to decide whether to remove Ravnsborg from office or acquit him. He must respond no later than June 1 to the two articles of impeachment of the House.

The South Dakota Constitution requires a two-thirds majority of 24 senators to convict Ravnsborg. He can resume his official functions if he is acquitted. If the Senate condemned him on either of the two articles, a second vote would be taken on whether to permanently remove him from office.

Delegates to the South Dakota Republican state convention will nominate their party’s 2022 nominee on June 25 in Watertown.

Ravnsborg won the nomination in 2018 and defeated Democratic candidate, former U.S. Attorney Randy Seiler, in the general election.

Ravnsborg has not said publicly whether he intends to seek the nomination again this year. Ravnsborg filed a pre-primary campaign finance report In Monday. The report, covering the period beginning Jan. 1, showed contributions of $5,000 from two out-of-state entities, $3,250 in itemized contributions from four people, and $100 in unitized contributions. It also showed expenses of $14,083.08, including $12,000 in salaries.

Governor Kristi Noem repeatedly called for Ravnsborg’s resignation and later called for his removal. Noem has announced that she is supporting former Attorney General Marty Jackley.

Jackley challenged and lost the 2018 Republican nomination to Noem. His pre-primary campaign finance report for the attorney general filed Monday showed since Jan. 1 revenues of $65,771, expenses of $16,873.83 and a balance of $300,460.17.

The chairman of the Jackley campaign is Russ Janklow, son of the late former Governor Bill Janklow.

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