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South Dakota State Sen. Mark Johnston resigns

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A third member of the South Dakota Legislature has resigned. Sen. Mark Johnston, R-District 12, is leaving the legislature effective May 31.

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard made the announcement through a news release Thursday.

"Sen. Johnston was a thoughtful legislator and a leader on education issues as the chair of that important committee. He will be missed." Daugaard said in the release.

Johnston is resigning to accept a position with Sanford Health as Vice President of Health Policy. Johnston has served as a state senator since 2011.

"I'm honored to have served the citizens of District 12," Johnston said in a news release. "The last three sessions have been very rewarding for me professionally and personally. I'm proud of our accomplishments. And working together, we have made South Dakota a better place to live and work. At the same time, I'm very much looking forward to the new responsibilities at Sanford."

Johnston's resignation creates a vacancy that will be filled by gubernatorial appointment, and the Governor is asking members of the public to nominate candidates to fill the position.

Those wishing to offer nominations should contact Will Mortenson in the Office of the Governor at 605-773-5999. Nominations should include the candidate's name, current address, telephone number, and relevant background information.

District 12 generally includes neighborhoods in Sioux Falls near Sanford USD Medical Center, the University of Sioux Falls, the Veterans Administration Hospital, Minnehaha Country Club, Empire Mall, Western Mall, and Sertoma Park. It also includes the portion of Sioux Falls that is south of Interstate 229 and west of Western Avenue. A map of the district is attached, and those interested in the vacancy should verify residency in the district with the county auditor.

The Governor expects to fill the vacancy by mid-summer.

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