Democrats from Legislative Districts 2 and 3 gathered in Aberdeen this morning to select delegates for the statewide Presidential caucus taking place in Pierre next weekend.
The District 3 caucus selected five delegates for Senator Bernie Sanders: Joseph Berns, Monica Hale, Stephanie Hollatz, Jerome Roemmick, and Justin Roemmick. District 3 named one Hillary Clinton delegate, Jennifer Slaight-Hansen.
The District 2 caucus selected one Sanders delegate, Cully Williams, and one uncommitted delegate, Caroline Hansen.
Williams took a moment to explain why he is backing Sanders:
Monica Hale says Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are both good candidates, but protecting the planet from fracking tilts her to Sanders:
Joseph Berns boils his support for Sanders down to a nice, tight elevator pitch:
Democratic national committeewoman for the state of South Dakota Sharon Stroschein is super, and she is a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, but she’s not a “superdelegate”. Stroschein explains that’s a press term, and that the proper term is “unpledged” delegates:
Stroschein endorsed Barack Obama before the primary in 2008, but she says she hasn’t thrown in with either Clinton or Sanders yet. She does note that in her travels around the state, she is hearing more Bernie buzz, but she says either Clinton or Sanders would be solid candidates. Casting a wary eye toward the Republican circus, Stroschein admits to hoping early on that the GOP might surrender the election by nominating Trump, but now Trump is getting “so scary” that she could prefer Cruz as our general election punching bag.