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Stace Nelson officially enters the US Senate Race, the candidate for voters tired of career politicians

August 19, 2013
US Senate Candidate Stace Nelson

US Senate Candidate Stace Nelson

Yesterday in Alexandria, South Dakota, Stace Nelson officially announced his entry in the US Senate Race. Along with well over 100 other South Dakota residents, I attended the event to show my support. This post will be short and give a brief overview of his speech. Longer posts on Stace Nelson’s stances will come in the future (and other Senate candidates if they will actually take stances).

Stace began his speech mentioning his entry is a little unusual for politicians today. He has no political aspirations, and really has no wish leave South Dakota to spend time in DC. Part of the decision to run came from being the only candidate in the US Senate race to have hundreds of other citizens ask him to enter the race (I proudly consider myself of those pushing Stace). Part of the problem with politicians (both in Pierre and DC) is that they are now making a career out of ‘public service’. Stace wants to bring back the days of the citizen-legislator. In addition he remembers his oath as a Marine to serve and protect the US Constitution. I can think of very few politicians that have been actually called to office in such a manner.

Stace made a point to state he is not running to represent Republican South Dakotan’s. He is running to represent all South Dakota residents. This includes people from all parties. His target is Republicans, Democrats, Constitutionalists, Libertarians, Independents, and anyone else that happens to be a citizen in South Dakota. His record in Pierre shows a willingness to go across party lines for bi-partisan issues that fall within his ability to help on. He is also willing to listen to all points of view on issues, especially those he disagrees with.

There were a couple of opportunities during his speech to compare himself with other candidates in the race. He mentioned the “political machine” that has been built-in Pierre. This political machine does not represent the best interest of South Dakota; rather it exists simply to keep power in the same hands. As a state legislator Stace has been fighting this machine for three years. He proudly wears the title “professional dissenter” due to his battle against the political machine. Anyone voting in the Senate race must take this into consideration: Does South Dakota want to send someone to DC that is part of “the machine”, or someone who will work for citizens of South Dakota?

An interesting stance Stace took as a Republican comes from his 23 years spent working in the defense industry. Stace understands defense spending and where it can be cut to help reduce the size of government. He understands that removing bloat from defense spending will not make the US any less safe.

Finally the best part of his speech was his “contract with South Dakota”. This is a list of 14 issues he feels it is important for constituents to know his stances on. Unlike his competitors, Stace mentioned he does not need 9 million dollars to run for Senate in South Dakota. All he needs is to run on his conservative record and let the people of South Dakota know where he stands. This contract helps constituents compare him with other candidates. Stace challenged other candidates to plainly state where they stand on issues they find important. Personally I find it unlikely any of the other candidates will create their own contract or answer his call to debates.

As the Senate race progresses I look forward to following the progression of Stace’s campaign. I have a feeling South Dakota voters will support a conservative candidate that is not a career politician.

I am not going to talk about the Contract at this time; instead I will do future posts giving my thoughts on each item. Here is the Contract with South Dakota in its entirety:


Contract With South Dakota

Contract With South Dakota

As your fellow countrymen, seeking to serve you in your United States Senate, I propose not just a change in policies, but even more importantly, to help restore the bonds of trust of we the people with those who are supposed to be our faithful public servants.

That is why, in this era of political evasion, equivocation and posturing, I submit to you now a detailed commitment to rein in our federal government, with no fine print.

Next year’s election offers the chance, after decades of politicians expanding government, to bring to Congress an actual public servant that will work to reduce a government that is too big, too intrusive, and too easy with your money. A public servant that will insist that Congress respects the rights of the people, our values, and the faith of the American family.

Like President Abraham Lincoln, I will serve you “with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right.” I will set the example of how an honest public servant answers to, is loyal to, and serves, you the public. I will help restore accountability to Congress and restore the standard of how the free people of this great nation should be able to live without fearing our government.

This contract with you is aimed at restoring the faith and trust of you, the American people, with those who are supposed to serve you. Therefore:

I, Stacey Victor Nelson, pledge to the taxpayers of South Dakota, and to the American people, that I will:

  1. Support only legislation that is constitutionally sound and which equally applies to all Americans, including Congress.
  2. Oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.
  3. Support the reduction of the income tax; review and reduction of other federal taxes; limit or reduce government spending; and, support the rest of the South Dakota Republican Party Platform.
  4. Except when related to a congressional authorization of force, I will consider all spending open for reduction and vote only for budgets that present a path to balance; and, vote against any appropriations bill that increases total spending and against the authorization or funding of new programs without offsetting cuts in other programs.
  5. Support only nominations to the Supreme Court, and U.S. federal benches, judges who are committed to restraint and applying the original meaning of the Constitution, not legislating from the bench.
  6. Oppose any further “stimulus” spending or bailouts.
  7. Support the repeal of the federal death tax.
  8. Oppose any amnesty for illegal aliens; actively work to require the securing of our borders; and, support measures which prohibit employers from knowingly hiring illegal aliens.
  9. Support the full repeal of Obamacare (also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act); and, I will oppose any bill or budget resolution that provides funding to implement or enforce any part of it.
  10. Support pro-life legislation to permanently end all taxpayer funding of abortion in all domestic and international spending programs, and defund Planned Parenthood and all other contractors and recipients of federal funds with affiliates that perform or fund abortions.
  11. Oppose any efforts to seize, or require registration of, Americans’ firearms or any other effort to subvert or limit Americans’ Constitutional Second Amendment rights; and, I will actively support national concealed carry permit reciprocity, as well as other legislation that ensures Americans’ Second Amendment rights.
  12. Support legislation of drug testing for anyone receiving public assistance.
  13. Honor my oath to support the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, to include Article III S. 32 “Term Limitations for United States congressmen. No person may be elected to more than two consecutive terms in the United States Senate or more than six consecutive terms in the United States House of Representatives”; and, support legislation to enact those term limits nationally, to replace career politicians with citizen legislators.
  14. Care for our veterans and for their widows and orphans, by working with the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Fleet Reserve Association, Marine Corps League, Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Vietnam Veterans of America, Purple Heart Association, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and other service groups, to identify and support legislation that removes employment barriers, and ensures our nation is fulfilling our obligations to those of us who have borne the costs of our freedom.

This I swear to you my fellow South Dakotans, and the American people.

Stacey Victor Nelson

Stace Nelson signature

Stace Nelson signature

More posts coming in the future about the contract and other side-stories I picked up at this event.

PS. Sorry for posting this a day late. Travel for unrelated events made it impossible to post earlier.

  1. TanyaNelson
    May 7, 2014 at 10:40 am

    This will be the first year I vote and I will be voting for a Marine

  1. September 10, 2013 at 6:48 pm
  2. May 7, 2014 at 9:14 am
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