PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Republican state Rep. Jim Bolin of Canton says he will run for the office of South Dakota Commissioner of School and Public Lands.
Bolin says he will seek the Republican Party's nomination to run for the office next year. He says that means he will not seek re-election to the Legislature.
The Office of School and Public Lands manages a trust fund, grazing leases on state-owned lands and leases on mineral rights held by the state. Income is distributed to schools.
Bolin, a retired teacher and former mayor of Canton, says he wants to be commissioner of school and public lands to increase funding for schools through the careful evaluation of land and mineral leases.
Current commissioner Jarrod Johnson cannot seek re-election next year because he is term-limited.