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December 30th, 2010

TIR Live Coverage of SD 35 Nominating Convention will be reporting live from the special nominating convention for the Senate District 35 seat tonight.  Coverage will begin around 6:30 p.m.   The field of candidates continues to be fluid.  Kent Kramer is not running, about two others are.  The following is the list of candidates that are known to be running.

Jim Gocke

Note: Dave Funk is supporting Gocke.  He has made calls on his behalf and also sent
out a tweet encouraging people to support him.  Goecke supported Funk in the 3rd CD primary.

Kevin Koester

Note: Since he already represents half of the District, Koester would appear to be the current front-runner.  With only 42 electors, his current position might not help him convince those in attendance that he is the best one of the job.

Matt DeVries

Note: In the last few days DeVries’ Facebook page has been deleted.

Jack Whitver

Note: I forgot that Whitver ran against Ako Abdul-Samad in 2006

Larry Voorhees

Note: A recent entrant into the race.  Voorhees works for Nationwide and is also a Taekwondo instructor.  He ran for the state house in 2008 against Rick Olson.

Carol Miller

Note: Another new entrant into the race.

Terry Kach

Note: Yet another candidate

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