Noem fills District 31 house vacancy

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Gov.-elect Kristi Noem will name a former Meade County commissioner to fill the western South Dakota state House seat vacant after former Rep. Chuck Turbiville’s death. Noem announced Wednesday that she plans to appoint Dayle Hammock, of Spearfish, to the District 31 House seat. Hammock will serve in Pierre during the 2019 and 2020 sessions. Hammock’s official appointment will be Jan. 7. Turbiville died in October and was re-elected posthumously. The 75-year-old Republican lawmaker had been mayor of Deadwood for six years and served 10 years in the Legislature.