Dr. Leslie Heinemann of Flandreau announced on Thursday that he had filed an election petition to run as a Republican candidate in District 8 for the South Dakota House of Representatives.
Heinemann, a Moody County native, has provided dental care to patients in the Flandreau community since 1981. He grew up on a farm in the northern part of the county.
Heinemann said that he wanted to bring personal experience as a small-business owner and farmer to the South Dakota Legislature and offer his insight to the discussions and decision-making process in Pierre.
"I look forward to meeting the voters of District 8 to listen to their ideas and concerns in the coming months leading up to the primary and general election in November," Heinemann said.
After Heinemann earned a dental degree from Loyola University in Chicago, he returned to his hometown of Flandreau to begin his practice. In 2000, Heinemann opened a satellite dental office in Dell Rapids.
He and his wife Libby have four children and four grandchildren. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys hunting, golfing and traveling.
District 8 consists of Lake, Sanborn, Miner and Moody counties. The current District 8 representatives are Mitch Fargen, D-Flandreau, and Patricia Stricherz, R-Winfred.