A longtime state lawmaker wants to return to the state Capitol.
Art Fryslie of rural Willow Lake is an incumbent senator in District 6. But because of redistricting approved earlier this year, he now lives in District 2. A Republican, he will face Norbe Barrie of Turton in the GOP primary on June 5.
Fryslie, 70, is a semiretired farmer. He just finished his second term in the Senate. Previously, he served four terms in the House of Representatives.
A member of the Agriculture and Natural Resources, Taxation and Transportation committees, Fryslie said education will always be a hot topic in Pierre. But, he said, it shouldn't overshadow the need for increased funding for Medicaid programs, law enforcement and state employees.
Fryslie said the new district - about 120 miles wide - isn't geographically much larger than District 6 was. But, he said, because it includes new territory, he has a lot of new people to get to know. The old District 6 included Beadle, Clark, Codington, Hamlin and Kingsbury counties and part of Codington County. It was, he said, about 100 miles wide. The new District 2 includes Clark and Hamlin counties, southern Brown County and all but the southwest corner of Spink County.
A graduate of Vienna high School in Clark County, Fryslie attended South Dakota State University in Brookings. He and his wife, Jane, have two grown children.
Fryslie has served as a township supervisor for 17 years, according to his candidacy announcement. He is a member of the Willow Lake Lions Club, the South Dakota Historical Society, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Watertown Gideon Camp. He and his wife are members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Vienna.
The winner of the District 2 Republican primary will face Democrat Chuck Welke of Warner in November for a two-year term in the Senate.