Rapid City man announces candidacy for House as Democrat

(KSFY) - A Rapid City man is the first Democrat to throw his hat in the ring in the race for South Dakota's seat in the House of Representatives.

Chris Martian says he has submitted paperwork to run for the House in 2018.

In an interview with KELO-AM, Martian said South Dakota's current representatives have not been as open with the public as he would like. He specifically cited votes to change FCC privacy laws, which allowed Internet providers to give out customer's personal data without permission.

While he is running as a Democrat, Martian says he doesn't like to focus much on party politics - and would prefer to focus on the issues.

"Rather than running on a partisan platform, saying I have all the answers, why don't I run on a platform that says I'm going to do my best to get all the information out there," Martian says. "Collectively, we can analyze it and see what's best for South Dakota."

Current Representative Kristi Noem (R) says she is running for governor in 2018. Two Republicans - Secretary of State Shantel Krebs and former PUC Commissioner Dusty Johnson - have already announced plans to run.