Striking while the iron is hot, Bo Sistak of Rapid City announces his candidacy for District 35 House. The former Airman moved to Rapid City fifteen years ago after finishing his service at Ellsworth Air Force Base. On LinkedIn, Sistak says he is an electrician now working as a fire alarms technician for Sallyport Global*, a defense contractor on whose board Trump Homeland Security nominee and now chief of staff John Kelly served and which is involved in a human-trafficking scandal in Iraq. (Lynne, I know you’re having a tough day; consider that line a get-well card.)
And in terms of really striking while the iron is hot, Sistak already has set up his ActBlue page to accept donations online. That he’s raising money on ActBlue means that he’s a Democrat.
Sistak doesn’t mention his party affiliation in his announcement, but he hits some proper progressive notes about the need to raise South Dakota’s workforce-repelling lowest wages in the nation and protecting South Dakota’s natural treasures for generations to come. He speaks of protecting services for veterans and protecting health care and the insurance exchange (if it survives the Cassidy-Graham chain saw) for all South Dakotans.
Sistak concludes with a call to morality—and just as context demands that we read current District 35 Representative Lynne DiSanto’s “All Lives Spllatter” post as an insult to the Charlottesville protestors attacked by a car driver, the context of the past day’s news demands that we read this passage as a direct attack on DiSanto’s failure of judgment:
Folks, I want to represent you not only to make change, but to bring the dignity and character back to Pierre that South Dakota’s constituents deserve in an elected official. I want to give you a voice that we can all be proud of. I want to continue being your friend and neighbor, and to have a relationship with each and every constituent in my district. I want to be a legislator that you can call, write, email, or just have a cup of coffee with to ensure that I am hearing from you first-hand. And with these relationships, I hope that I will be so privileged as to earn your trust. I want each and every one of you to know that I will work tirelessly for you, whether we agree on every issue or not.
To make this happen, I need your support. In 2018, I’m asking you to vote for me for District 35 House, and together we can make South Dakota shine once more [Bo Sistak, Facebook post, 2017.09.20].
Make South Dakota Shine Once More—that’s how we Democrats translate Trump’s successful campaign slogan, right?
Update 2017.09.21 05:10 CDT: Candidate Sistak checks in below to update his employment status: he worked for Sallyport in Qatar for nine months back in 2012 but has been at Furniture Row (on Eglin, out by Sam’s Club) in Rapid City for the last five years. Sistak’s active and updated LinkedIn profile is here.