South Dakota has been my home all my life. I grew up in Madison, graduated from Madison High School, got my bachelor’s from SDSU in math, history, and teaching, and got a master’s in information systems from DSU. I’ve taught English, math, and French in Class B, A, and AA high schools around the state.
In 2005, I started blogging about South Dakota. Originally titled Madville Times after my hometown, my blog is now known as Dakota Free Press. I’ve studied and written about South Dakota’s economics, politics, and culture. I visit South Dakota’s state websites just about every day, looking up laws and reports and trying to figure out how things work in South Dakota and how we could make things work better.
Through my blogging, I’ve gotten to know people all around South Dakota. Thanks to years of daily conversations and healthy debates through my blog, I’ve come to think of my “neighbors” as not just the folks on my block but every South Dakotan. Whether I’m at Melgaard Park or Falls Park, by the Mog or the Missouri, at Red Rooster here or Charlie’s Pizza in Yankton or Killian’s Tavern in Spearfish, I’m home, among friends and neighbors, among South Dakotans whom I want to serve.
That consciousness of South Dakota as one big community—or one small community spread out over 77,000 square miles—has led me to get involved in the democratic process. I’ve circulated petitions for candidates and ballot measures. I’ve investigated and challenged two statewide petitions in an effort to protect our ballot from petition fraud. I’ve served on a rural sewer board where, when I saw funds were being bankrolled on an unviable project, I advocated cutting taxes 100%.
In teaching and in blogging, I have sought to serve the people of South Dakota. Now I want to put my knowledge and experience to work for you as your Senator from District 3.