State Rep. Paula Hawks, Democrat from Hartford, worked the Brown County Fair today to promote her campaign to become South Dakota’s next Congresswoman in 2016. She took five minutes to talk to Dakota Free Press about what she plans to do for South Dakota and how Democrats can win in 2016:
- Hawks is banging away at three big groups she and Democrats can and must stand for: students (laboring under student debt at interest rates double what we charge rich corporations), women (still not getting fully fair treatment in the workplace) and seniors (who could stand to get some ACA help with prescription drug costs).
One big difference she cites between herself and the incumbent, Rep. Kristi Noem: “I will listen… That’s what a representative does: they pay attention to their constituents….”
- Hawks stirs my soul by noting that family farms struggle and young people can’t get into farming “because corporate and big business farming has taken over.” Charlie Johnson, did you hear that? Tell your friends!
- Hawks tells South Dakota Democrats to buck up: “You have to be proud of the fact that you’re a Democrat, somebody who stands up for the people, somebody who stands up for what’s important to the people and not to whoever has the biggest checkbook.” Democrats’ progressive values resonate with people well beyond our party ranks, so we should “Be proud!” of the Democratic brand, says Hawks. “Stand up! Claim it!”
- And Rochelle Hagel! Yeah, Rochelle, we’re talking about you! How about a sister act for the 2016 ballot? Paula for House, Rochelle for Senate… Imagine the possibilities!