Last year Watertown city councilman Colin Paulsen unsuccessfully campaigned against Senate king Lee Schoenbeck (R-5/Watertown) in the Republican primary. In response to that unwise political move, Watertown Republicans apparently have recruited Governor Kristi Noem’s son-in-law and ag-crony-capitalist Kyle Peters to oust Paulsen from that seat.
But Peters doesn’t have a clear path to vanquishing a scourge of the GOP establishment. Peters and Paulsen are on the June 20 ballot with a third candidate, former councilman Jason Redemske, who lost his seat to Paulsen in 2021 and now wants that seat back. Redemske whacks Peters as a carpetbagger:
Peters did move to Watertown from Pierre just a couple years ago, when he moved from the public branch of the GOP to its private branch. Peters has recently added real estate to his primary gig promoting CAFOs. Peters’s wife, the Governor’s daughter Kassidy, just started a new job alongside her brother Booker helping groom children for theocracy. Redemske, who got a degree in welding at Lake Area Tech in 1986 (back when we called such schools vo-techs), has done real work at Terex since he graduated from Watertown High School. Pauslen graduated from Watertown HS in 2008, studied in North Dakota and engineered for a bit in Washington State before returning to Watertown. Redemske thus wins the “who’s been here longest?’ battle, but longevity and experience in the community didn’t stop Paulsen from beating Redemske in 2021.