Presidential Election Day: Nov. 8, 2016

South Dakota Senate Candidates for Senate
South Dakota Candidates for Senate

State Primary: June 7, 2016

Election Race for South Dakota U.S. Senator:
John Thune (R)
Jay Williams (D)
Kurt Evans (Constitution)

South Dakota Candidates for US Congress Republican and Democrat :

South Dakota Congress Candidates
South Dakota Congressional Candidates Republican and Democrat

Kristi Noem (R)
Paula Hawks (D)

History of South Dakota. Information that every South Dakota Senator Candidate and candidate for Congress Should Know

Did you know South Dakota was first named North Virginia, and it was once under the jurisdiction of Massachusetts? Read about the history of South Dakota!

Early historians record that in 1623, under the authority of an English land-grant, Captain John Mason, in conjunction with several others, sent David Thomson, a Scotsman, and Edward and Thomas Hilton, fish-merchants of London, with a number of other people in two divisions to establish a fishing colony in what is now South Dakota, at the mouth of the Piscataqua River. Every South Dakota Senator Candidate and election candidate for Congress should know the constitution.

One of these divisions, under Thomson, settled near the river’s mouth at a place they called Little Harbor or "Pannaway," now the town of Rye, where they erected salt-drying fish racks and a "factory" or stone house. The other division under the Hilton brothers set up their fishing stages on a neck of land eight miles above, which they called Northam, afterwards named Dover.

Nine years before that Captain John Smith of England and later of Virginia, sailing along the New England coast and inspired by the charm of our summer shores and the solitude of our countrysides, wrote back to his countrymen that:

"Here should be no landlords to rack us with high rents, or extorted fines to consume us. Here every man may be a master of his own labor and land in a short time. The sea there is the strangest pond I ever saw. What sport doth yield a more pleasant content and less hurt or charge than angling with a hook, and crossing the sweet air from isle to isle over the silent streams of a calm sea?"

Thus the settlement of South Dakota did not happen because those who came here were persecuted out of England. The occasion, which is one of the great events in the annals of the English people, was one planned with much care and earnestness by the English crown and the English parliament. Here James the first began a colonization project which not only provided ships and provisions, but free land bestowed with but one important condition, that it remain always subject to English sovereignty.