Five on ballot for open judge spot in Fourth Circuit

News StaffSeptember 15, 2022Local
Five on ballot for open judge spot in Fourth Circuit

STURGIS, S.D. — Following this summer’s resignation of Fourth Circuit Judge Kevin Krull, five people have announced they will be running for the position in November’s general election.

Krull submitted his resignation to South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven Jensen in June.

Krull stated he was stepping down for both personal and professional reasons.

Following Krull’s decision, the South Dakota Judicial Qualifications Commission sent notice about the vacancy to all attorneys who are members of the State Bar of South Dakota.

There are now five lawyers vying for the job of what is dubbed Position D in the Fourth Circuit. There are four judges in the Fourth Circuit. They hold positions referred to as Position A, B, C and D.

The five running for Krull’s position are Tina M. Hogue, Chad R. Callahan, Jennifer Tomac, John H. Fitzgerald, and David V. Natvig.

South Dakota circuit court judges are elected once every eight years.