- Associated Press - Monday, August 18, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant to certify a new running mate for independent candidate for governor Mike Myers.

Myers picked Lora Hubbel as his running mate when his initial choice, Caitlin Collier, had family health issues. Myers sued Gant earlier this month after he wasn’t allowed to substitute Collier for Hubbel.

South Dakota law allows nominees of political parties to be replaced on the ballot, but there’s no such provision for independent candidates.

Gant says he won’t appeal Monday’s decision by U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol and will list Hubbel as Myers’s pick for lieutenant governor.

Ballots for the election in November will be printed in early September.

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