When Patty Shiery told me that the 2012 Republican House speaker Val Rausch and her fellow Republican House caucus members laughed off Tiffany Campbell’s accusation that then-Rep. Gene Abdallah has sexually harassed Campbell, she indicated that she hoped to return to Pierre with other female candidates to correct the unhealthy culture of misogyny and intimidation.
True to her word, Shiery has taken out her petition and announced her candidacy for District 30 Senate:
Hello! I am Patricia Shiery and I am running for District 30 State Senate. As my campaign kicks off you will notice a difference in how I do things. I consider myself the VOICE OF THE PEOPLE, so my campaign is all about YOU, the people. I am more interested in peopletics than politics. I want to get to know you and what your concerns are, what you face on a daily basis, and what changes you want to see in Pierre. You can email me at Shiery.StateSenate@gmail.com with questions or comments [Patricia Shiery, campaign announcement, campaign Facebook page, 2018.01.02].
As her notarized nominating petition indicates, Shiery is seeking the Republican nomination for this seat. Incumbent Senator Lance Russell (R-30/Hot Springs) is not seeking to return to the Senate, choosing instead to seek the Republican nomination for Attorney General. As is the case in most of South Dakota’s 35 Legislative Districts, Republican candidates for Senate and House need 50 signatures to make the ballot.