Tony Post leaving GOP job for American Cancer Society

The executive director of the South Dakota Republican Party is leaving for a new job.

Tony Post, who has run the state GOP since June 2011, will become the South Dakota governmental relations director for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, the advocacy arm of the American Cancer Society.

Post will start his new job on July 22.

News of Post’s move was first reported by Pat Powers of the South Dakota War College.

Post said Republican politics is an enduring passion for him and something he’ll probably always be involved in.

"This is probably the one opportunity that I’d leave the party for, to be honest," Post said. "It’s personal because I’ve had (cancer), and I’ve seen cancer kill a lot of my old friends."

As governmental relations director, Post will lobby legislators and officials, as well as working with the group’s grassroots.

John McCalley, the Midwest governmental relations director for the ACS-CAN, said Post had unique talents.

"He’s got the depth of experience and the breadth of contacts that would serve any organization looking to influence public polciy in South Dakota," McCalley said. "Tony’s special in that he’s got a deep understanding of our issues, he cares about access to health care, controlling tobacco and making sure that kids don’t start smoking, and that we all breathe clean air."

Post, originally from Minnesota, says he now doesn’t think he’ll ever leave South Dakota. He’s bought a house in Sioux Falls, and will be getting married later this year.

"The last two years were completely insane, but just a blast," Post said. "I love the people here. I’m glad I’m staying here in South Dakota."