PIERRE, SD (KELO-AM) "I spoke to Sen. Adelstein earlier today, and I am sorry that his health requires him to step down. Sen. Adelstein has had a long career in public service and as a business and community leader, and I wish him a speedy recovery."
Sen. Adelstein announced earlier today that he will resign from the state Senate for health reasons. He represented District 32 in the state House from 2001-05 and in the state Senate from 2005-07 and 2009 to the present.
The resignation is effective immediately and creates a vacancy that will be filled by gubernatorial appointment. The Governor is asking the public to nominate candidates to fill the position.
"The legislative session begins in two weeks, and I plan to act quickly to name a successor to Sen. Adelstein," said the Governor. "I hope to name a replacement before the beginning of the session, although it may be short notice for the appointee to take the seat."
Those wishing to offer nominations should contact Patrick Weber in the Office of the Governor at 605-773-5999. Nominations should include the candidate's name, current address, telephone number and relevant background information. Nominees should be willing and able to serve during the upcoming legislative session, which begins on Jan. 14 and runs through mid-March.
District 32 includes downtown Rapid City and the area going south until Upper Spring Creek Road. A map of the district is available online at http://arcgis.sd.gov/server/dlrc/lrc2012.