FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Local residents got the chance last night to talk face to face with some candidates who have announced their intention to run for office in 2014-ranging from municipal races to South Dakota’s open U.S. Senate seat. The Stanley-Hughes County Republican Committees held a “Pre-2014 Candidate Meet and Greet Picnic” in Fort Pierre last night. Three of four Republican candidates for U.S. Senate were at the gathering. The fourth; former Governor Mike Rounds could not attend since he had already committed to appearing at a Chamber banquet that was held in Sioux Falls yesterday. Annette Bosworth, Stace Nelson and Larry Rhoden spent the evening talking with attendees about what they would bring to the national position should they be elected. All three mentioned that in their travels-South Dakotans have expressed their concerns with Washington, D.C.; ranging from money woes to Obamacare.
State Representative Stace Nelson says if elected, he would not be a candidate that would say one thing and do another. He cites himself the only “true conservative” candidate in the U.S. Senate race.
State Senator Larry Rhoden says his campaign has been going well so far and he’s enjoyed getting out to meet South Dakotans around the state. He says people tell him they worry about the general direction the country is going and he believes he could bring a lot to the U.S. Senate.
Sioux Falls Doctor Annette Bosworth says if voters choose her as the next U.S. Senator from South Dakota, she would bring a different perspective than her challengers. She cites her concerns with the Affordable Care Act and says the new law is too intrusive and violates confidential links between patients and doctors.
Bosworth also says gun rights need to be protected.
Also at yesterday’s event were just announced Gubernatorial candidate Lora Hubbel-a former state lawmaker; State Senator Shantel Krebs-who is running for Secretary of State; Gloria Hanson and Charles Claussen-who have announced their intention to run for Mayor in Fort Pierre, and others-along with several current state officeholders and lawmakers. Tad Perry, Stanley County Republican Chair, who helped organize yesterday’s Meet and Greet says it was set up as an informal way to gather various candidates and officeholders in one place for the benefit of constituents.
Tuesday’s Meet and Greet was held at the AmericInn Suites and Conference Center in Fort Pierre.
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