State of South Dakota secondary Archives: on Principles & Values

Daniel Ahlers: I dream of an America where we're not marginalized by labels

I dream of an America where we are not marginalized by labels. I want to live in a country where being white doesn't equal privileged, black skin doesn't equal criminal, brown skin doesn't mean foreign or terrorist and the native plight doesn't go ignored. This change will not happen overnight, and it will be the challenge that defines our generation. It will take leadership that doesn't inflame hated but ignite the fire of change.
Source: 2020 South Dakota Senate campaign website Apr 27, 2020

Mike Rounds: Lifelong resident of Pierre; president of local YMCA

Mike, the oldest of 11 children, was born in Huron, S.D. on October 24, 1954, and is a lifelong resident of Pierre. Mike and Jean were married in 1978 and have four children--Christopher and his wife, Lindsay, Brian, Carrie, and John.

The governor is a licensed pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings. He enjoys playing racquetball with his buddies and hunting in his spare time with his sons and his lab, Brandy. In the summer, you'll often find him and his family boating and camping on the Missouri River.

He has previously served as board president of the Oahe YMCA, vice president of the Home and School Association of St. Joseph School, president of the Pierre-Ft. Pierre Exchange Club and exalted ruler of the Pierre Elks Lodge. He is also a member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Pierre, the Knights of Columbus, and Ducks Unlimited.

Source: on 2020 South Dakota Senate race Jan 11, 2020

Scyller Borglum: Being conservative is staying out of people's business

On conservatism: "I believe a real conservative says, 'Government stays out of people's business unless there's an absolute, demonstrated need to get into it,'" Borglum said. "That's what a conservative is to me. That's how I was raised."
Source: Rapid City Journal on 2020 South Dakota Senate race Jul 28, 2019

Scyller Borglum: What it means to be conservative is eroding

In her announcement, Borglum questioned how Rounds was elected in 2014 after facing controversies as governor and said he hasn't brought "commonsense" conservatism to the Senate. Commonsense conservatism is still uncommon and "unchecked, this do-nothing, lazy mentality has given rise" to the Democratic platform heard at the presidential debates last year, she said. "We elect citizens, not royalty" and no one is entitled to an elected position prior to the election, Borglum said.

The political landscape is changing and what it means to be conservative is eroding, Borglum said, but the Republican "establishment" isn't discussing it because it makes them uncomfortable to admit that it's not going right. The frustration is causin

Source: Sioux Falls Argus Leader on 2020 South Dakota Senate race Jul 1, 2019

Billie Sutton: Hard work, honesty, and integrity to improve status quo

I'm running for Governor to put my South Dakota values of hard work, honesty, and integrity to work for the people of South Dakota. I believe we can do better than the status quo and politics as usual.
Source: 2018 South Dakota governor candidate website May 2, 2018

Kristi Noem: Leader of 4-H and Farm Service Agency

Source: on 2018 South Dakota Gubernatorial incumbents Jan 11, 2018

Gordon Howie: Religious liberty is foundational to our freedom

Question topic: Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.

Howie: Strongly Disagree.

Question topic: Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Howie: Strongly Agree.

Question topic: Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Howie: My life has been surrendered to Christ. I believe God is pleased by our faith and obedience, and has created us to worship Him and serve our fellow man. The Bible is the inspired, written Word of God which provides a complete guide for our lives.

Question topic: Briefly list political or legislative issues of most concern to you.

Howie: The preservation and protection of religious liberty. It is foundational to our freedom.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 South Dakota Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Gordon Howie: A great America needs God

I'm not afraid to say I'm a Christian, saved by Jesus Christ, but people of every faith have seen how religious values, and even God Himself, have been under attack in America over the past few years.

Here's the truth: The United States isn't going to solve its problems in a country empty of faith. I'm Gordon Howie and I approve this message because a great America needs God.

Source: AdWatch: Transcript of ad in 2014 South Dakota Senate race Aug 1, 2014

Larry Pressler: Former three-term Senator; ran for president in 1980

South Dakota Democrats are playing a tough hand in the Senate race, but they thought they could count on a wild card --former Sen. Larry Pressler--to help the contest break their way. Pressler seems to have other plans.

Republicans, who once worried Pressler would peel off support from Rounds, now see his campaign as advantageous to them. Pressler "is a respected former senator who's trying to run on issues the Democratic candidate is running on," said a senior adviser to South Dakota Republicans.

This is not Pressler's first quixotic stab at public office. He served three terms in the Senate before losing his seat in 1996, mused about running for mayor of Washington, D.C., and ran a 106-day bid for president in the 1980 election. But Pressler still boasts strong name identification in the state --enough to impact the race.

Source: Rollcall e-zine on 2014 South Dakota Senate race Jul 24, 2014

Rick Weiland: Touring all 311 of South Dakota's incorporated towns

Q: You are touring all 311 of South Dakota's incorporated towns. What is the significance of visiting every town in South Dakota?

A: I believe South Dakota's made up of a bunch of people that respect and honor hard work. And I'm out there. I'm earning, I hope, the right to represent them. This town-to-town effort and the one-vote-at-a-time grassroots approach I think is (what voters should expect). Not only am I doing that, but we've had over 100 public meetings. And so I'm willing to get out there and have a conversation with the people of South Dakota. And let them know where I stand and be on the record on things they ask me about.

Source: Rapid City Journal on 2014 South Dakota Senate race Mar 10, 2014

Larry Pressler: Non-conventional independent campaign to influence debate

Larry Pressler's bid for Senate as an independent won't look like your traditional campaign. "It would be a non-conventional campaign, a very low-budget," he replied. "I don't know if I'd be able to hire anybody." He said his campaign is running on an "idealistic concept".

It's unclear how much heartburn an underfunded, former Republican who backed President Barack Obama in 2008 would cause for the GOP--especially with national Democrats still in search of a top-tier candidate. But Pressler hopes his campaign would serve as a conversation-starter and at least influence the debate in the race.

Most of all, Presser said he's "disturbed" by the paralysis of the political system and the inability of Congress to strike a "grand bargain" on the budget.

Source: "Comeback Bid": 2014 South Dakota Senate race Nov 14, 2013

Larry Pressler: 1978: first Vietnam veteran elected to the Senate

After serving four years in the House, Pressler in 1978 became the first Vietnam veteran elected to the Senate and went on to serve three terms. Johnson defeated Pressler by 2 points in 1996.

A Rhodes Scholar and Harvard-educated attorney, Pressler said he's spent a lot of time teaching overseas since leaving Capitol Hill, including in China, India, France and Italy. He's kept a home in South Dakota, where he's currently spending the semester teaching at the University of Sioux Falls.

Source: "Comeback Bid": 2014 South Dakota Senate race Nov 14, 2013

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