Gubernatorial candidate Rep. G. Mark Mickelson continues his way-early road show around South Dakota. He brings his “I love CAFOs and the campaign contributions I can get from Big Ag” spiel to the Brown County Republicans’ Reagan Lunch on Thursday at Mavericks here in Aberdeen.
Note the text: “Mark is planning to run for Governor….” Not rumored to be or expected, but planning to.
Perhaps tops on Mickelson’s agenda: thanking local grocery mogul Tim Kessler for his $10,o00 donation to Mickelson’s PAC. Interestingly, Kessler is also a big donor to conservation causes, which runs counter to Mickelson’s agenda of perfecting the percentage of South Dakota waters too polluted for normal use with more CAFOs while killing low-key, low-cost, voluntary conservation incentives.
Rep. Mickelson is more focused on his 2018 statewide campaign than his District 13 campaign: while he drums up his statewide donor base, he hasn’t updated his Legislative campaign Facebook page since last August. That inattention to the home fires could offer Democratic challengers Ellee Spawn and Jim Eckhoff a chance to make some headway and upset the incumbent’s aspirational calculus.