SD Democrats Have New Executive Director Posted by John Axtell Date: June 18, 2021 8:00 am Leave a comment 43 Views The South Dakota Democratic Party has a new leader. Berk Ehrmantraut will begin his work as the party’s executive director on June 28. He succeeds Pam Cole, who resigned from the position earlier this year to work on expanding Medicaid in South Dakota. Ehrmantraut was a campaign staffer for former gubernatorial candidate and South Dakota lawmaker Billie Sutton. He is a Beresford native and has most recently been working as a senior digital communications manager at Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.