PIERRE, S.D. — Republican State Sen. Neal Tapio of Watertown has announced a bid for South Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat.

Tapio is a businessman and a former state campaign director for President Donald Trump.

He joins Secretary of State Shantel Krebs and former governor chief of staff and former public utilities commissioner Dusty Johnson in seeking the GOP endorsement to run for the House seat held by U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, who’s running for governor.

Tapio scheduled events in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Watertown and Aberdeen on Tuesday to formally announce his candidacy.