It’s anybody’s guess where Governor Kristi Noem will be this week. But Representative and Democratic candidate for Governor Jamie Smith will be out and about the great state of South Dakota taking questions from the people he would like to serve for the next four years.
Today Smith will be in Sioux Falls taking questions at the Downtown Sioux Falls Rotary gubernatorial candidates forum. As of Friday, Smith was the only gubernatorial candidate to accept the invitation. Lunch begins at 11:30; questions begin at noon. Only Rotarians and their invited guests may attend, but the civic-minded club will livestream and archive video of the discussion with Smith.
On Wednesday Smith will be in Brookings at South Dakota State University for two public fora in a row…which may be two more public fora than Kristi Noem has held through her entire campaign. Smith will be in Rotunda G to take questions from students from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Then the Democrat will take questions from the general public from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
It is perhaps remarkable that the Jackrabbits would welcome Smith given the enthusiasm with which Smith carried the Augustana Marching Choir banner and sang the Augie school song in the Vikings Day parade Saturday:
Happy Vikings Days!
Today, I had the pleasure of coming back to my alma mater to see so many friends and smiling faces. pic.twitter.com/RmSlQq7hXC
— Jamie Smith for SD Governor (@RepJamieSmith) October 16, 2022
Ah, but Jackrabbits, like Smith, are diverse and inclusive folk. And Smith is an authentic and enthusiastic man of the people who, as we can see from that parade video and from his public schedule this week, actually enjoys interacting with his fellow South Dakotans.
Meanwhile, no word from Noem on how much money she raised in Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday.