Symens picked to replace Langer on ballot

A Dell Rapids educator, Marsha Symens, has been selected to replace District 25 incumbent candidate Sen. Majority Leader Kris Langer on the November ballot.
Langer pulled her name from the ballot earlier this month.
Symens, a Republican, was one of two potential replacements for Langer in the District 25 Senate race. Lisa Rave, wife of former South Dakota lawmaker Tim Rave, was the other. Precinct officials and sitting office holders in District 25 voted Aug. 11 by secret ballot to nominate Symens.
Symens’ professional career includes a 10-year teaching stint in Phoenix, Ariz., and Houston, Texas, before moving to Dell Rapids nine years ago. She works as a substitute teacher in the Dell Rapid School District.
She and her husband Kevin are parents to three, two of which are in college, and their youngest, who is in middle school in Dell Rapids.
Symens reason for accepting the nomination is because she wants to assure that South Dakota’s way of life continues.
She is being challenged by former radio host and Sioux Falls mayor Rick Knobe, who is running as an independent. Seth Van’t Hof, a Dell Rapids business owner, was also seeking election for the position, but made a social medial announcement on Aug. 20 that he would be withdrawing from the race. He was also running as an independent.
“I feel with the pick they have made, and the fact that I know her well and our views are very much aligned, that the right thing to do is to stop campaigning,” Van’t Hof shared on Facebook.


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