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Video: Speeches from Democratic Candidates after DemCon2.0

The seven statewide Democratic candidates renominated at yesterday’s DemCon 2.0 made speeches after our micro-convention (conventional appendix? whizzi-nom?). Below are those beautiful outbursts of campaign rhetoric.

First, safely petitioned and nominated gubernatorial candidate Billie Sutton rolled in to talk about “incredible” support that he’s receiving from both sides of the aisle. He said status-quo Congresswoman Noem “is not interested in reaching across the aisle to get things done” or “finding common-sense solutions.” He then invited his newly renominated running mate Michelle Lavallee to say a few words. Recently Republican rodeoster Lavallee even managed to say the word “Democrat” in her speech… though still not in any direct, explicit description of herself:

Randy Seiler, the only qualified candidate for Attorney General on the November ballot, reminded us that no candidate wins without effort from everybody!

Wayne Frederick spoke to his desire to serve on the Public Utilities Commission:

Alexandra Frederick (yup, Wayne’s wife!) encouraged us all to overcome the racism she has experienced on the campaign trail and get us an honest Secretary of State:

In the spirit of the shortest Democratic convention ever, Woody Houser, our nominee to commission our school and public lands, made the shortest speech of the set:

Tom Cool spoke for his bid to audit the state (a job, I would think, that would keep a guy really busy):

And the Reverend Doctor Aaron Matson closed with words of hope:

Watch for live versions of these pitches at the Brown County Fair, the State Fair, and other fun events around the state!


  1. Greg 2018-08-11 21:12

    Is that two open bottles of beer on the table in front of Billie Sutton.

  2. Debbo 2018-08-11 21:30

    Thanks for posting these Cory.

    Good speechifying. I really hope SD gets hopeful and courageous and decides they deserve better. Vote for Democratic candidates. They really want “better” for you.

  3. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-08-12 14:30

    Yes, Greg, adults purchased adult beverages at this event. Neither were Billie’s: he arrived just before Ann invited him to kick off speeches for the evening. I did not observe what beverages, if any, Sutton may have purchased and imbibed after his speeches.

    I had nothing to drink at the event. Back at the motel, I enjoyed trail mix and popcorn while watching the last half of Tron: Legacy. The next morning, I had two ginger ales.

  4. grudznick 2018-08-12 14:43

    I have no problem with these candidates drinking some beers. Beers are good for everybody. It is a shame they had to buy their own and the Democratic Party, or perhaps one of the rich candidates like Mr. Seiler or Mr. Cool, did not buy all the beer people wanted. It seemed a small crowd. The free beer and free food would have gone a long way and fit in with the party philosophy.

  5. mike from iowa 2018-08-12 16:44

    Geez, Cory, trying to get wiped out before noon? I kinda forgot what ginger ale tastes like.

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