FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 19, 2018
FORT PIERRE – Randy Seiler has been endorsed by 20 former Presidents of the South Dakota State Bar. The endorsement credits Seiler for his years of public service, legal skill, and demonstrated ability to effectively address the issues facing our state as the next Attorney General. Their endorsement of the campaign was addressed to members of the South Dakota State Bar. Read their letter below:
“South Dakota State Bar Members:
In the preamble to the South Dakota Rules for Professional Conduct for lawyers, we lawyers and the public are reminded that being an attorney is not limited to zealous advocacy for clients. We are also obligated to pursue the public good within the legal system.
“As a public citizen, a lawyer should seek the improvement of the law, access to the legal system, the administration of justice, and the quality of service rendered by the legal profession.”
And it is because of this public duty that we write to you to endorse Randy Seiler as South Dakota’s next Attorney General.
Randy’s career is the embodiment of the term public citizen. As a longtime Federal prosecutor, he was the lead counsel on 70 Federal felony jury trials and more than 500 criminal cases involving crimes of murder, rape, child sexual abuse, civil rights, public corruption, and white-collar crime. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he received a U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention and was the first recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Superior Performance in Indian Country. After serving as South Dakota’s U.S. Attorney from 2015-2017, Randy served as the Hughes County States Attorney and as a prosecutor for the Crow Creek and Lower Brule Sioux Tribes. In August, Randy became the fourth South Dakota attorney to receive the Richard S. Arnold Award for Distinguished Service, awarded by the Eighth Circuit Bar Association for professional excellence, leadership, service to underserved communities and mentorship of other lawyers.
Randy’s qualifications to be our next Attorney General extend beyond the courtroom and include a lifetime of public service. He served in the Air Force, including a tour of Vietnam. He was elected to three terms on the Mobridge School Board and was appointed by Governor Janklow to the State Board of Education. He was appointed by the Supreme Court to serve on the Board of Pardons and Parole. He served on the Fort Pierre City Council and remains active on City Boards and Commissions. He is the President of the Verendrye Museum and is a founding member of the Badlands National Park Conservancy.
As Attorney General, Randy will be a strong advocate for equal treatment before the law and continue his sterling record of being tough on crime. He will work to protect our children from predators. He will collaborate across the public and private sectors to promote the expansion of addiction treatment access and options. He will remove politics from legal decisions and hold state officials to the highest of ethical standards.
We deserve an Attorney General who will put South Dakota before politics. Randy has demonstrated time and again his willingness to put South Dakota first. We strongly encourage you to support him in his bid to be our next Attorney General.”
In response to the endorsement, Seiler recognized the former State Bar Presidents for their work in the state and reflected on what the endorsement means for the election this November. “I am thankful for the work these individuals have done over the years to better the administration of justice in South Dakota. Their endorsement testifies to the need for an Attorney General with the experience and legal knowledge to effectively lead the office, protect our citizens, and defend the rule of law,” Seiler said.
The endorsement today comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that two former South Dakota Attorneys General are supporting Seiler this November. From 2015-2017, Seiler served as the 41st U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota. Since retiring as U.S. Attorney, he has served as Hughes County State’s Attorney, and is currently working with the Lower Brule and Crow Creek Sioux Tribes to provide prosecutorial and other legal services.
The endorsement was signed by the following former State Bar presidents:
Carleton R. Hoy, Sioux Falls, 1979-1980
Robert B. Frieberg, Beresford, 1985-1986
Charles M. Thompson, Pierre, 1986-1987
Terence R. Quinn, Belle Fourche, 1991-1992
Gregory A. Eiesland, Rapid City 1993-1994
James S. Nelson, Rapid City, 1996-1997
Thomas G. Fritz, Rapid City, 1997-1998
Richard L. Ericsson, Madison, 1999-2000
Robert E. Hayes, Sioux Falls, 2002-2003
G. Verne Goodsell, Rapid City, 2003-2004
J. Crisman Palmer, Rapid City, 2006-2007
Richard L. Travis, Sioux Falls, 2007-2008
Richard D. Casey, Sioux Falls, 2010-2011
Patrick G. Goetzinger, Rapid City, 2011-2012
Thomas J. Nicholson, Sioux Falls, 2012-2013
Terry L. Hofer, Rapid City, 2013-2014
Thomas H. Frieberg, Beresford, 2014-2015
Eric C. Schulte, Sioux Falls, 2015-2016
Stephanie E. Pochop, Gregory, 2016-2017
Pamela Reiter, Sioux Falls, 2017-2018