Party Officers & Staff

 
Deb Knecht, Chair
Deb and her husband Randy live in Houghton, South Dakota. They have been on the family farm for almost 40 years. Randy and Deb have three grown sons, five grandchildren and another grandchild on the way. Deb served on the Brown County Commission for twelve years. She has worked on several campaigns and was Stephanie Herseth Sandlin’s Regional Director in 2006. Deb was the Brown County Chair for many years before she became Vice-Chair of the South Dakota Democratic Party in 2010. She was elected chair in a special election on September 21, 2013.
Email at chair@sddp.org
 
Darrell Raschke, Vice-Chair
Darrell was born and raised in Gregory County. He earned his BS degree from Huron College. After college he worked for the State of South Dakota, retiring in 2012. Raschke has lived in Pierre or Huron for the last 34 years. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family especially his granddaughter.
Email at vicechair@sddp.org
 
Bill Nibbelink, Treasurer
Bill has served as Treasurer of the SDDP for several years. He and his wife, Angie, live in Flandreau. Nibbelink is a property management consultant specializing in assisting Native American tribes provide decent and affordable housing to their members. He serves on the Boards of several organizations including the Flandreau Development Corp., Interlakes Community Action Partnership, and Dakota Rural Action. Nibbelink has been active in the Moody County Democrats for over 30 years and is currently serving as the Treasurer.
Email at treasurer@sddp.org
 
Lorri May, Secretary
Lorri May has been involved in the Democratic Party for 33 years. She is presently the Secretary of the State Party and the Lake County Chairperson. She’s worked for the party in Get Out the Vote, walking petitions, as VoteBuilder Administrator, and working with candidates statewide. Lorri works for the U.S. Census Bureau and is a Demonstrator for “Stampin’ Up!”. She hails from Stickney, SD, in Aurora County, where her mother was Aurora County Auditor. She believes in progressive politics and works in Lake County, District 8, and around the state to help that happen.
Email at secretary@sddp.org