PIERRE, SD — South Dakota gubernatorial candidate Jamie Smith has nominated state Rep. Jennifer Keintz (D-Eden) to run for lieutenant governor in the November election.
Keintz, 48, served one term in the South Dakota State House, having been elected in 2020.
During his two years in the state legislature, Keintz served on the House Education Committee and the Health and Human Services Committee.
“Jennifer’s family roots are in farming,” Smith said in a statement. “She and her husband Corey both come from generations of farming families…As Lieutenant Governor, Jennifer’s expertise will be critical as we advocate for the preservation and growth of rural South Dakota.” .
A native of northeastern South Dakota, Keintz graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in journalism and a master’s degree in communications. She is currently a real estate broker.
“I got to know Jamie as colleagues in the Legislature and have always been impressed with his thoughtful leadership and vision for South Dakota’s future,” Keintz said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to be part of the team that puts people in South Dakota first. It’s time to re-emphasize the needs of all South Dakotans, and we’re ready to meet them from the first moment.” day.
“Jennifer Keintz and Jamie Smith want to bring Joe Biden’s America to South Dakota,” Lieutenant Governor Larry Rhoden said in response to Keintz’s announcement. “Their liberal policies would crush South Dakota families, farmers and businesses.”
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