I published my final 2016 campaign newsletter in Monday’s Aberdeen American News. Along with a nice picture of Stephanie Herseth Sandlin and me and a big campaign card on the back, the newsletter features my final policy argument for electing me to the District 3 Senate seat. I contrast my position with that of my opponent, Rep. Al Novstrup, on four bills that made the news over the last two years:
Referred Law 19 (2015 SB 69): My opponent voted to take away your right (if you belong to a political party) to sign petitions for independent candidates. I will vote No on RL 19 to protect your rights and the ability of independents to get on the ballot.
2016 House Bill 1008: My opponent voted to punish transgender kids with heavy-handed government decisions about who goes potty where. Governor Daugaard vetoed this mean and distracting bill, and I applauded our Governor for doing so. I will protect all students and all South Dakotans from discrimination.
2016 House Bill 1182: My opponent and I both supported the Governor’s plan to raise sales tax to fund teacher pay. However, I supported an alternative Democratic plan that would have exempted food from sales tax, made teacher pay more competitive, and laid less tax burden on the lowest 20% of South Dakota income earners.
District 3 voters, you have a clear choice. You can re-elect a seven-term incumbent who voted in the last two years to take rights away from voters, teen workers, and transgender kids and to impose more tax than necessary on our lowest-income workers. Or you can elect me.
Vote on policy. Vote on what’s right. And for Pete’s sake, vote.