Paul Register of Redfield is circulating a petition for the Democratic nomination for District 2 Senate. The union organizer is seeking the seat currently held by Republican Senate President Pro-Tempore Brock Greenfield of Clark.
Register made headlines in 2016 when he resigned after ten years of working at the South Dakota Developmental Center and made public his concerns that management was putting underpaid, overworked staff in dangerous situations at the Redfield facility for the developmentally disabled:
Shortly after Register made his concerns public, SDDC director Jan Banghart announced her immediate retirement. Register spent the next year leading a lengthy but successful union-organizing campaign among SDDC workers. After encountering Legislative efforts to keep some complaints about SDDC working conditions under wraps, Register has decided to take his campaign against lies and cronies covering each other’s backsides to the ballot as a candidate.
Senator Greenfield was the prime Senate sponsor last year of House Bill 1069, the Republican bill that repealed Initiated Measure 22. That voter-approved initiative included a provision (Section 41) that called for a telephone hotline and a website through which individuals could report instances of corruption in state government. Senator Greenfield voted to replace that hotline and website with the inferior whistleblower protection of 2017 House Bill 1052.
Update 17:08 CST: Rep. Drew Dennert (R-3/Aberdeen) filed his nominating petition today to stand for reëlection. Brett Ries of Watertown filed his nominating petition to become a Democratic candidate for District 5 House.