Another battle brews in the sidebar! Reynold Nesiba for District 15 Senate signs on today as Dakota Free Press sponsor #8. Augustana economics professor Nesiba goes ad to ad with his opponent in the winner-take-all Democratic primary, current District 15 Representative Patrick Kirschman. Having served eight years in the House, Kirschman is termed out of his current seat.
As attack-PAC blogger Ken Santema notes, Kirschman has no online presence other than his ad on this blog. I could suggest that if you’re on Dakota Free Press, you’ve got all the South Dakota Web presence you need. But belt-and-suspenders Nesiba has his own website and a pretty busy Facebook page updating interested voters on his campaigning, the progress of his Initiated Measure 21 (which enjoyed another victory against the nefarious payday lenders with Secretary of State Shantel Krebs’s rejection of their specious petition challenge this week), and local events.
Online campaigning does not replace good old door-to-door politicking, but when a candidate can post a picture of himself with a national figure like Bernie Sanders and post it to hundreds of followers and countless Web surfers at a cost of zero dollars and thirty minutes of pressing buttons, it only makes sense to add that value to the campaign. Join the fun, Pat!
There is no Republican candidate for the District 15 Senate seat, so central Sioux Falls Democratic and Independent voters will choose their next Senator on June 7.