District 7, which is mostly Brookings but includes just enough rural area to let Volga’s Doug Post run, has three-way Republican primary for House. Rep. Doug Post and Rep. Tim Reed both want to serve again, but so does Larry Tidemann, who served on Appropriations for fourteen years before deciding not to run in 2018. Tidemann has the endorsement of the man who replaced him in the Senate, V.J. Smith:
Upon meeting my new colleagues in the South Dakota State Senate in January 2019, to a person they said to me, “You sure have some pretty big shoes to fill. Larry Tidemann did a lot for his district, especially when it came to South Dakota State University.”
As the former chair of the Appropriations Committee, Larry knows all the intricacies of the South Dakota budget. He lived it for many years. In these challenging times, we need his knowledge and wisdom.
Please consider joining me in voting for Larry Tidemann for the South Dakota House of Representatives. We need his “big shoes” back in Pierre – now more than ever. Thank you [Sen. V.J. Smith, letter to the editor, Brookings Register, 2020.05.08].
Post has to go outside of his district to get a sitting legislator’s endorsement. His Volga neighbor and District 4 Rep. John Mills writes on behalf of Post’s conservative principles:
For the past two years I have had the opportunity to serve in the Legislature with Doug Post.
Doug has proven to be the strong conservative voice that I thought he would be. He votes pro-life every time and consistently supports other conservative moral causes. In addition, Doug has brought a conservative economic philosophy and fresh ideas to his important work on the Appropriations Committee.
Combining a strong work ethic with smart, conservative economic thinking, Doug is just the kind of legislator we need during these challenging times.
Doug’s willingness to stand on the conservative high ground is highly respected because he does it with a reasoned, calm demeanor, based on evidence and fact. I have watched him do the research, ask thoughtful questions and dig for answers, so that he has confidence in every vote.
Please vote to re-elect Doug Post and let his conservative voice continue to benefit District 7 and all of South Dakota [Rep. John Mills, letter to the editor, Brookings Register, 2020.04.29].
Post or someone backing him seems to perceive Tidemann as his primary primary threat. This card is out in Brookings mailboxes portraying Tidemann as a fetus-hater:
Post needs to scream about his conservative principles, because a practical town like Brookings that expects support for higher education can’t be too happy with Post’s opposition to needs-based scholarships and the labor rights of SDSU’s many faculty and staff. Now the questions is, who is more likely to make the effort to safely mail in their ballots for the District 7 primary, pragmatic Brookings Republicans or the radical fringers who pay more attention to Fox and Rush and End Times radio than to real local needs?
Update 10:43 CDT: The card turns out to be another endorsement from outside District 7. South Dakota Right to Life PAC, based way up here in Mina, sent the card, as shown by the claimer on the front:
How they got a fetus to hold Doug’s hand for this anti-abortion card, I’ll never know.