Today’s Brown County Democratic Forum featured speeches and lively Q&A with our District 3 House candidates Nikki Bootz and Brooks Briscoe.
At both today’s event and her remarks to the organizational meeting of the Aberdeen HS Democrats on Saturday, Bootz expressed her opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. In Q&A after her opening remarks, Bootz recognized that Donald Trump is a “dangerous” candidate, but as you can hear above, she notes that she can find Trump supporters agreeing with her on state issues like Amendment T, since everyone wants basic fairness in redistricting. Also in Q&A, Bootz said she finds issues like Referred Law 20 drawing independent voters toward the Democratic side.
Briscoe built nicely on Bootz’s opening remarks:
Sounding like Jay Williams, Paula Hawks, Henry Red Cloud, and everyone else who understands the meaning of sustainability, Briscoe said we need to wean ourselves from fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy instead of oil pipelines. Reaffirming his faith in ballot-measure synergy, Briscoe said the Republicans positions on some ballot measures (e.g., their support for the minimum wage for young workers, their opposition to payday lending rate caps, their resistance to independent redistricting) shows their ideals lie with their PACs rather than with the people. Briscoe said he is eager to challenge his District 3 House opponents to lay out their views on the ballot measures and see if they can pass muster with the voters.
I’m glad to see Bootz bringing the Dakota Access pipeline to the attention of District 3 voters. I hope we can tie her conversation and Briscoe’s drive for renewables into the problem of private companies like Dakota Access seizing South Dakotans’ land through eminent domain.
I’m also happy to see Briscoe and Bootz focusing on ballot questions, breaking us away from personalities and national-level distractions and inviting conversations about the real, unique, and pressing policy decisions facing South Dakotans in this election.