READER PANEL: Gant leaving office viewed as good news

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Today’s question: South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant said Wednesday he won’t seek re-election and instead will return to the private sector at the end of his first term in office, which runs through the end of 2014. What do you think of Gant and his decision?

Gant was probably not going to survive a primary challenge from Mrs. Krebs. He managed to alienate both the Republican and Democratic parties in his erratic tenure. He proudly make the Secretary of State office a political club.

Mark Holty, Aberdeen

I feel Jason Gant made what he felt were the best decisions in line with what the law required. Sometimes, I wonder why anyone wants to run for office the way people are attacked if they don’t please everyone.

Sharon Thompson, Rapid City

My question would be what took so long? The SOS office is the last place where we should tolerate partisan corruption. Our state has swung so far to one side that it is no longer an example of democracy at work, or of a two-party system at all.

Roylene Schwab, Aberdeen

South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant finally realized his potential in government and it measures up to nothing. Secretary Gant would have no doubt have lost his bid for re-election, for being one of the worst secretaries since the 1930s.

Robert Thullner, Herreid

This is a real-life “political decision . . . that lays down markers for the person leaving office . . .” and allows potential office-seekers to get elected as the new South Dakota Secretary of State.

Bernie Webb, Gettysburg

Dang, I was hopin’ the governor was quiting.

Ryan Roehr, Aberdeen

I attended his message today (Sept. 12) in Aberdeen and am greatly impressed by his leadership that is saving South Dakota many, many thousands of dollars — using up-to-date technological means — which, in turn, is a savings in our own pockets. It will be difficult to fill his shoes come 2014, but we must try.

Bill Fuhrman, Aberdeen

I think it is great that Jason knows what he wants to do and will do well. I would like to see all officials be so insightful.

Dorothy Graves, Aberdeen

Jason Gant’s decision not to run for re-election is good news as far as I am concerned. Voters cannot tolerate any issue coming out of the Secretary of State Office like we have seen in the past months! I certainly hope the next secretary of state will bring strict leadership back to this office!

Gary Warne, Aberdeen

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