Alice Kundert

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Alice Kundert (July 23, 1920 – June 10, 2013) was an American politician. A Republican from South Dakota, she ascended to the top echelon of that state's politics.

From Mound City, South Dakota, she went to Northern State University and taught school. Kundert served as Auditor of the State of South Dakota from 1969 to 1978 and Secretary of State of South Dakota from 1979 to 1986.

In 1986, Kundert entered the race for the Republican nomination for governor.[1] Her entry into the race marked only the second time that a woman had run for the GOP nomination. Facing what has been described as a "loaded field," she came in fourth, winning just 13.8 percent of the vote.

After he loss in the gubernatorial primary, Kundert served in the South Dakota House of Representatives 1991–1994. She also served in various offices in Campbell County, South Dakota. Her father Otto Kundert and her brother Gust Kundert also served in the South Dakota House of Representatives.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ Ostermeier, Dr Eric (2018-06-05). "Kristi Noem and a Review of Gubernatorial Bids by South Dakota Republican Women". Smart Politics. Retrieved 2023-07-03.
  2. ^ 'Former S.D. Secretary of State Kundert Dies,' Rapid City Journal, June 10, 2013
  3. ^ The office of Governor Dennis Daugaard-Alice Kundert
  4. ^ "South Dakota Legislature database-Alice Kundert". Archived from the original on 2013-07-03. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Lloyd Jorgenson
Republican nominee for State Auditor of South Dakota
1968, 1970, 1972, 1974
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Joyze Hazeltine
Republican nominee for Secretary of State of South Dakota
1978, 1982
Succeeded by
Joyze Hazeltine