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Political world reacts to Sec. of State Jason Gant's decision to not seek another term

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We've heard several people announce their candidacy for the 2014 elections but one state leader has decided to jump off the campaign trail.

Secretary of State Jason Gant tells us he believes it's time to return to the private sector.

Some say their glad to see him go.

There are people on both sides of the political aisle who were unhappy with Jason Gant.

But Gant believes it comes with the territory. And he says he accomplished many goals in office.

Now, Gant says it's time to move on to something new.

South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant has his eyes on election year 2014, but you won't see his name on the ballot.

"The 2014 election is going to be a big one and we're gearing up for that. Once everything is done next year then we'll go back in the private sector and start working there," Gant said.

And as Gant decides he's not seeking another term in office, Republican state senator Shantel Krebs says she's ready to take his place.

"My intention has always been to run, and I will be making a formal announcement very soon, and I had served with Jason in the legislature, and we thank him for his service in the Secretary of State's office," Krebs said.

Zach Crago, interim director of the South Dakota Democratic Party says he's not sad to see Gant go.

"I think over the last three years, we've seen an unprecedented level of partisanship and voter disenfranchisement from Secretary of State Jason Gant's office. And I think Republicans, Democrats and independents alike now understand that it's time for a change," Crago said.

"TheSecretary of State is the elections official as well as the business administration official, and it is a very important role in the state of South Dakota and so I'm looking forward to restoring trust and integrity to that office," Krebs said.

Gant recognizes he has his critics, but says he's proud of his accomplishments.

"I've saved the taxpayers thousands and thousands, hundreds of thousands of dollars by cutting my budget, I've implemented online filing systems. Really helped bring the office from the 20th century to the 21st century," Gant said.

Krebs said she plans to make a formal announcement to run for Secretary of State within the next ten days.

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