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Secretary of State Jason Gant announces he will not seek reelection in 2014

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Election Day 2014 will see some key races for the state.

But after just one term, Secretary of State Jason Gant has decided to take his name out of the running.

Gant, a Republican, has received criticism from both Democrats and Republicans alike.

KSFY News spoke with Gant Wednesday afternoon.

Gant tells us he set many goals for himself when he first took office.

And he says his main reason for not seeking another term is he believes he's met those goals.

But while Gant admits he may have his detractors in both parties, he says he's proud of the work he's accomplished during his three years in office.

Overseeing elections is part of Secretary of State Jason Gant's job.

But next year, one name that will be missing on the ballot is his own.

Gant has had his share of victories and challenges during his one term in office. Promoting the benefits of vote centers and electronic voting while he also had to deal with ballot processing problems in Davison County.    

But now, he says it's time to call it quits.

"I'm really proud of what we've done in the office. I'm proud of the implementation of vote centers. I'm excited that we're saving businesses in South Dakota left and right with the new online filing system and just so many good things I decided I was ready to start a new adventure," Gant said.

"I still have a year and a half left in the office and I'm going to continue working as hard as I can for the people of South Dakota as their Secretary of State," Gant added.

We reached out to state senator Shantel Krebs for her reaction to Gant's announcement.

Krebs tells us she's already made it known that she plans to make a run for the job, and will make a formal announcement in the next week or so.

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