PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) After focusing on next month’s House race, two Republican candidates running for an open seat in the State Senate for central South Dakota’s District 24 took part in an election forum that was held at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday. Tad Perry of Fort Pierre has served one term in the House for District 24 and decided to run for Senate this year. Jeff Monroe is a former District 24 Representative–having been in office from 1995 through 2002. Monroe told those at Tuesday’s forum that he sees the world changing and doesn’t want South Dakotans to lose freedoms that are gradually going away in other parts of the country.
Monroe campaigns as a proven conservative candidate. He is against tax increases and eroding rights and as he goes door to door–says he’s found a diverse group of citizens.
Perry says serving in the House has been a wonderful experience and he chose to try to secure a seat on the other side of the Capitol because the smaller legislative body offers more of a chance to play a larger role in helping solve complex issues.
Perry says he thinks South Dakotans want to see a legislature that solves problems with common sense answers.
Perry and Monroe answered some of the same questions offered to House candidates, along with others—such as their views on using money from gambling outlets as a state revenue source.
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