Holy cow! Shantel Krebs is coming to town! My morning paper tells me that our Secretary of State will speak at the Brown County Republicans‘ Reagan Lunch this week Thursday, November 12, at noon at Mavericks in Aberdeen.
This visit appears to be part of a concerted public relations effort by the Secretary that last week saw her sit down for extended interviews with Rick Knobe on KSOO and Cara Hetland on SDPB Radio. Secretary Krebs is working hard to re-establish the credibility of her office amidst revelations of incompetence, waste, and theft under her predecessor, Jason Gant.
That trust is all the more essential and Secretary Krebs’s time on the PR trail all the more noteworthy given the crush of ballot measures petitions that her office is receiving. At this moment, Secretary Krebs has five petitions with over 190,000 signatures to validate, and it is likely that at least three more big petitions will come in today, November 9, the deadline for submitting initiated measures for the 2016 ballot. Even under the 5% random sample rule, Team Krebs will need to validate well over 10,000 individual signatures. Secretary Krebs said last week that she intends to review and certify or reject all submitted initiative petitions by the end of December.
The GOP lunch is open to the public. Anyone eager to ask Secretary Krebs about the petition process, corruption in Pierre, and other matters of electoral import should come to Mavericks Thursday at noon.