I’ve mostly given up answering calls from numbers I don’t recognize. Even 605 numbers, more often than not, turn out to be vocal spammers.
But I picked up one mystery 605er this afternoon and was glad I did. I learned that the caller, Tatewin Means, is running as a Democrat for attorney general.
(Tatewin—say /ta – TAY – wee/, but note that ending n isn’t silent; it’s a Lakota nasal n, akin to the n in the French Martin.)
Wait a minute—isn’t Randy Seiler still running for that same nomination? I check the Googles… and sure enough, Seiler now has a campaign website.
Well! A convention battle! Means told me she’s calling the declared Democratic candidates, since we are all automatic delegates. County parties will choose their delegates next month—expect calls, delegates!
Means beat Seiler to my phone. She told me she’s ready to fight for “transformative change” and will work to stop the childhood trauma that leads young people into crime and drug abuse. She said she’ll use her experience working with multiple levels of government as Oglala Sioux Tribe attorney general (a position she held from 2012 to 2017) and as a member of the child maltreatment panel that grew from the Jolene’s Law Task Force to bring stakeholders together to make law enforcement work better for all South Dakotans.
Means told me she wants to offer South Dakotans a candidate more interested in problem-solving than politics. She also emphasized her status as a first-time candidate (the Oglala Sioux Tribe attorney generalship is appointed by council). I believe this will also be Seiler’s first election.
So Democrats, if you’re wondering whether you should come to convention on June 15, the answer is now, clearly, yes! We won’t just be coronating Billie Sutton and his running mate; we’ll get to hear two lawyers tussle for our attorney general’s nomination and pick the winner! Call your county party (or form one!) and get yourself on the delegate list!