It appears unlikely that a dispute over the candidacy of a Rapid City legislator will be resolved before Tuesday's general election.
A recent change of venue appeal filed by Rapid City businesswoman Stephanie Strong, who wants Rep. Brian Gosch taken off the ballot, has been dismissed by the South Dakota Supreme Court.
Strong alleges Secretary of State Jason Gant violated state statute by accepting Gosch's self notarized nominating petitions.
Gosch's attorney, Sara Frankenstein, says the appeal to move
the case back to Rapid City from Pierre was denied Thursday, and she questions Strong's real motivation behind the legal action.
"She's got to be politically motivated, her object must
be to influence voters because she's not pursuing any legal path
that would actually get a court determination on the merits," said Frankenstein.
Strong says she will continue pursuing the case on a state level and await the appointment of a new judge. She says her motivation is based on holding state officials to a higher standard and getting her due process and day in court.