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Newly hired Aberdeen Development Corporation lobbyist, motorcycle builder, and longtime Brown County Republican Party leader Katie Washnok has announced her candidacy for the District 3 Senate seat currently occupied by Aberdeen/Sioux Falls go-kart king and election denier Al Novstrup.
Motorcycle versus go-kart—that’s got to go into the next campaign video.
Washnok fires three missiles at Camp Novstrup. In her campaign launch video a series of “problems that could find solutions with the right people working together at the state level.” She capitalizes and underlines right on the screen to emphasize that Senator Novstrup is the wrong people, as evinced by his failure to pass anything useful for himself or Aberdeen during the 2023 Session. Washnok says she will make District 3’s interests her top priority—again, top gets all caps and an underline—alluding to Novstrup’s obsession with pushing bills that boost his own business, skips Session to attend a fancy go-kart conference in Texas, and spends much of his summer absent from Aberdeen as he runs his go-kart palace in Sioux Falls. Finally, Washnok looks right into the camera, with no overlying text, and says, “It’s time to bring a new voice and fresh ideas for the people of District 3.” That’s what I said when I ran unsuccessfully against Novstrup in 2016 and 2018, and that’s a gentler translation of the “pale, stale, and male” leveled on Al last year by the SDGOP spin blog, which dedicated its Friday blogging to boosting Washnok’s announcement.
Novstrup got catty to beat back the Republican mainstream’s assault on his perennial electoral inertia last year. But Republicans hitched their no-more-Al wagon to political newcomer Rachel Dix, who pulled 41% of the primary vote. Washnok has years of experience and connections within the Republican ranks—not to mention cool motorcycle photos— to help Washnok close the 18-point gap and relieve District 3 of the incredible lightness of being represented by a nobody in Pierre.