2 Democrats vie for attorney general candidacy

STURGIS, S.D. (KEVN) - Democrats in Meade County gathered on Tuesday night to hear from the two candidates in their party on the ticket for attorney general.

Tatewin Means and Randy Seiler talked about the issues they both would fight for as South Dakota's AG.

Means, who is from Rapid City, is the former Oglala Sioux Tribe attorney general while Seiler, from Fort Pierre, is the former U.S. attorney for South Dakota.

Both seemed to agree on many issues such as access to better mental health care and concentrating on more rehabilitation efforts for drug offenders.

"First and foremost, we have to be willing to treat addiction and mental health issues as a public health crisis, that's what they are," said Means. "And making law enforcement, incarceration, and prosecution only a small part of that picture."

"Charging people with felonies or putting them in prison because they turn to drugs at a time of crisis in their life is not the right approach, so I want to bring more of a comprehensive, ecosystem approach," said Seiler.

Both Democrats and Republicans will select their nominees at conventions later this month. At least three Republicans are seeking the nomination, including Lawrence County State's Attorney John Fitzgerald and longtime Hot Springs lawmaker Lance Russell.