After being cleared of accusations that he mishandled his election petitions, a South Dakota legislator is pushing forward with his campaign.
District 32 Representative Brian Gosch had been accused of illegally notarizing his own petitions for the primary elections.
But he says circuit Judge Robert Mandel dismissed the case last Thursday.
Gosch says he plans to continue campaigning door-to-door, working with the Watershed Task Force and educating voters on the referred laws that appear on this year's ballot.
Gosch says the dismissed allegations brought against him by former Republican U.S. House Candidate Stephanie Strong may have actually increased his visibility as a candidate.
"I think my name has been getting out there without me trying too hard. It is America, people can bring frivolous lawsuits, it happens and when it happens you have to let it work through the system. I was pleased with the outcome," said Gosch.
Gosch is also part of the Criminal Justice Initiative Work Group and the Child Support Task Force. He says he plans to introduce legislation from at least one of those committees during the next session.
The litigation will continue, however, against Secretary of State Jason Gant. A change of venue has been approved, and the case may soon be transferred to Hughes County.