Libertarian Party of South Dakota
Richard Shelatz is the current Vice-Chair of the Libertarian Party of South Dakota.
Richard was born in North Western Pennsylvania and raised by his grandparent. He was brought up in a staunch Republican family where he viewed himself as a Liberal Republican. and it was not until 2007 after he returned from Iraq that he discovered that politically he was a Libertarian.
After graduating high school Richard joined the US Air Force where he quickly rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Unfortunately, his career was ended early due to a medical condition. After his military service, he worked as an EMT Shift Supervisor at a detoxification facility, and it was at this time he discovered his fervor for civil liberties. As he watched people forced into alcohol drug treatment against their own will, and was privy to the knowledge of the abysmal success rate of treatment. In 2014 Richard left the public service to pursue his dreams in the private sector.
Richard’s goal is to expand civil liberties in South Dakota, so that one day his children may live in a state where all people are viewed equal and allowed to self-govern.
- Vice-Chair (?—present)