Dakotafest caught some heat for scheduling a Congressional roundtable solely our D.C. incumbents instead of hosting debates between the two Republican incumbents on the ballot and their Democratic challengers. Responding to that heat, the big Mitchell ag show has now scheduled a “town hall” meetings for Democratic candidate for U.S. House Rep. Paula Hawks and Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate Jay Williams. Williams gets a half-hour at the Reaves I&TC podium on Thursday, August 18 at 10 a.m.; Hawks follows Williams immediately thereafter. The challengers’ town halls take place a day after the Wednesday morning “Check-in from Washington, DC.”
Hey, Dakotafest: I think you got the vowels out of order in checkin.
Rep. Hawks, who has been beating Rep. Kristi Noem up for abandoning South Dakota’s place on the House Agriculture Committee and going weak on country-of-origin labeling, is grateful for the opportunity to speak to ag voters:
I’d like to thank Dakotafest for allowing me the opportunity to address the crowd and speak to the concerns many of our farmers and ranchers have regarding the direction of agriculture in South Dakota. While I am disappointed Noem won’t debate at the event, I am excited to lay out my vision for South Dakota agriculture and answer questions from the audience [Hawks for House, press release, 2016.07.25].