Sioux Falls lawyer will challenge Kristi Noem in Republican primary in 2022

November 16, 2021

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmaker and former House Speaker Steve Haugaard will challenge Gov. Kristi Noem for the Republican nomination for governor next year.

Haugaard, who was first elected in 2014, confirmed that he had filed paperwork to run for governor and will announce his candidacy on Wednesday.

The Sioux Falls lawyer will be facing a formidable opponent in Noem.

Haugaard declined to discuss his campaign, but the lawmaker is known for being one of the House’s most ardent conservatives on both fiscal and social issues.