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Nygaard switches parties; will serve in SD Senate as Republican


PIERRE, S.D. (KTIV) - Saying "voters want change", South Dakota State senator-elect Eldon Nygaard, of Vermillion, has made a change, too. He's now a Republican.

Nygaard served in the South Dakota House from 2006 to 2010 as a Democrat.

But, in a statement, Nygaard said he believes he can better-serve his constituents in Pierre as a Republican. "I firmly believe that I can represent my District's needs in Pierre more effectively as a member of the Republican Party. My past four years in the House have been marked by a bi-partisan approach to working for my district and the people of South Dakota."

Nygaard says he will continue to reach across the aisle to find solutions for his district.

Nygaard joins a state Senate with 29 other Republicans, and only 5 Democrats.


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