I’m running for South Dakota Senate because I love South Dakota, and I see our Legislature failing to do right by South Dakota. Here are the three biggest issues motivating me to go to Pierre and make a difference for you and for all of South Dakota:
Defending Voters: The Legislature needs to respect us voters. When we pass ballot measures like the minimum wage increase and the IM 22 Anti-Corruption Act, we should be able to count on legislators not to tinker with or undo what we’ve done. The Legislature should make it easier for all South Dakotans to vote, to refer and initiate laws, and to circulate petitions and run for office. Instead, our Legislature has acted as if it fears and loathes real citizen democracy. I want all of us South Dakotans to vote and to have lots of good choices when we vote.
When you send me to Pierre, I’ll fight to protect the initiative and referendum, the petition process, and every South Dakotan’s right to vote.
Supporting Education: Our public schools are the foundation of everything good that happens in South Dakota. If we don’t have good public schools, we don’t have economic development, vibrant cultural life, or healthy democracy. Legislators passed a plan to raise teacher pay in 2016, but they paid for those raises by hiking our regressive sales tax, and they have backed away from the original salary goals of that plan. To make matters worse, the Legislature has undermined public education by creating “stealth vouchers,” a money-laundering scheme that diverts tax dollars to private religious schools.
When you send me to Pierre, I will fight every Session to fulfill our constitutional duty to offer free, fair, and adequate public education to every child in South Dakota. I’ll also work to pay teachers what they are worth—and what our kids and our future are worth.
Fighting for Equality: I understand that every person in our great state deserves equal protection and due process under the law and the Constitution. My opponent, Al Novstrup, advocates racial and ethnic profiling, opposes freedom of speech and women’s rights, and espouses Internet hoaxes and hateful views that are not only racist but also harmful to South Dakota’s vital workforce recruitment efforts.
When you send me to Pierre, I won’t waste your time or the Legislature’s time promoting hateful, discriminatory, unconstitutional legislation intended to score points with the culture-war crowd. I’ll focus on practical bills promoting education, voter rights, economic development, and other issues that promote liberty, justice, and opportunity for all South Dakotans, regardless of sex, race, or religion.
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You can find many of my policy positions and proposals on my blog Dakota Free Press. If you’d like to know what I think about a specific issue, check the blog or just give me a shout, and I’ll be happy to compare notes on that issue with you and talk about what we need to do about it for the good of all South Dakotans.