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South Dakota State Rep. Patty Miller resigns; Gov. to appoint new representative

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South Dakota State Representative Patty Miller, R-McCook Lake, has resigned. Now, Governor Dennis Daugaard is asking for the public's help in appointing someone to fill the position.

Miller's resignation is effective immediately. Miller tells KSFY News the reason for her resignation is not from anything negative. She simply said she has some personal issues to take care of right now.

"I thoroughly enjoyed serving in the legislature, and I wish I didn't have to resign. I have personal issues I have to attend to right now," Miller said. "Everyone serving in a public office knows that personal family things have to come first."

Miller has served in the state House since 2011. She was the representative of District 16, which includes all of the Union County and southern and eastern portions of Lincoln County.

The resignation creates a vacancy that will be filled through an appointment from Governor Daugaard. The Governor is asking members of the public to nominate candidates to fill the position.

Nominations should include the candidate's name, current address, telephone number, and relevant background information. The Governor expects to fill the vacancy by the late spring or early summer.

"My priority in filling this vacancy is to find a legislator who will be a strong representative for the people of District 16," Gov. Daugaard said. "That is why I am asking the public to nominate candidates as I make this decision."

Those wishing to offer nominations should contact Will Mortenson in the Office of the Governor at 605-773-5999.

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