Democratic candidate for U.S. House Rep. Paula Hawks comes to Aberdeen tonight (6 p.m., senior center!) as part of her East River town hall tour to talk to voters. In the midst of her road trip, Rep. Hawks announces three West River town halls next week:
- Spearfish Town Hall – Monday, July 18th, 6–7 p.m. MDT, Grace Balloch Memorial Library, 625 N. 5th Street.
- Custer Town Hall – Tuesday, July 19th, 6–7 p.m. MDT, Re-Treat Room, 21 N. 4th Street.
- Rapid City Town Hall – Wednesday, July 20th, 6–7 p.m. MDT, Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy Street
While Rep. Hawks works on reaching out to voters, Rep. Noem’s public schedule remains unknown. Rep. Noem has agreed to appear in a panel discussion with Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds at Dakotafest on August 18, but Dakotafest organizers have indicated no plans to conduct the traditional candidate debates that have taken place at past iterations of the big Mitchell ag show. Noem likely wants to avoid any joint appearance with the far more articulate and informed Hawks, as such a side-by-side comparison would make South Dakotans realize it is time to trade six years of feckless faux-rodeo queenery for a return to competent legislating.