Curtis Strong enters gubernatorial race

Curtis Strong, a Rapid City man who is married to activist and former attempted congressional candidate Stephanie Strong, declared he would run for governor as a third-party candidate Monday evening in an email to reporters.

He will seek the Constitution Party’s nomination. When his wife attempted to run for Congress, she sought the Republican nomination as a challenger to Rep. Kristi Noem before falling just short of the required number of nominating petitions.

News of Strong’s candidacy was first reported by blogger Ken Santema, who attended a South Dakota Constitution Party meeting in Sioux Falls.

Strong’s website will be, which his email says will go live on Thanksgiving. He’s on Twitter @CurtisStrongSD.

Already, independent Mike Myers and Republican Lora Hubbel have declared their gubernatorial candidacies, while incumbent Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard is preparing a reelection bid but has yet to make a formal announcement. No Democrat has yet declared their interest in the position.