PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) U.S. Senate candidate and former Governor Mike Rounds says his frustration with federal bureaucracy was one factor that pushed him back into politics. Rounds says in part, his observations of what the Pierre/Fort Pierre area went through during the 2011 flood prompted him to seek office again. He says he noted a difference in flood assistance provided that year from local Corps of Engineers workers and other Corps officials.
Rounds says the out-of-state Corps officials added various complications to work being done to prepare for flood waters.
Rounds says his campaign to November’s election is grassroots oriented and that 3,000 people have signed up to volunteer with the effort. He plans coffee shop visits in the coming months to talk directly with South Dakotans. On the topic of debates, Rounds says he will participate in them when possible.
Rounds spoke last week to a meeting of the Cen-Kota Republican Women in Fort Pierre. He faces Democrat Rick Weiland and independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie in the U.S. Senate race.
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