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South Dakota Democrats have a gubernatorial candidate now

December 1, 2013

johnny_automatic_window_washerThe South Dakota Democrat Party now has an entry in the Governors race. Cory over at Madville Times report Joe Lowe will be entering the gubernatorial race as the Democrat candidate. As time goes on we will likely know more about this former State Fire Chief and Mayor. For now though I would like to look at what he said in the announcement:

“I am running because I think our state and country have forgotten who we work for. We work for you, the people of South Dakota. Not special interest groups.

We can do better as a state. We rank 50th in studies done on transparency in government, last in teacher pay and expense per student, South Dakota fell to the bottom and ranked last in wages of all states in America, and college tuition rose over 50% in just 8 years. These are just a few examples of where we can do better. It is time to put in a new team for the citizens of our state.”

I would argue it is due to government intervention that college tuition is so high and that wages are not the issue. Actually for wages the problem is government interventions causing the dollar to continuously lose value. But those are topics to discuss more as the campaign rolls on.

For now I will say I am happy to see Lowe talk about transparency in the South Dakota executive branch. Somehow I feel transparency of the executive branch in Pierre will be standard parts of the platform for all of the gubernatorial candidates challenging Daugaard. Myers, Hubbel, and Strong all have an anti-status-quo element to their campaigns. Lowe’s best bet may be to have a little bit of that anti-status-quo message and mix it with a dose of progressive populism to make himself look like a ‘people’s candidate’.

I will likely work hard to prevent such a candidate from taking office, because of the progressive elements that will be included with the populist message. But I hope he pushes the transparency portion of his platform hard. If all of the challengers are doing so it may in fact force more transparency to happen in Pierre; even in the event Daugaard is reelected.

Plus it is good to see the Democrats offering a candidate. I may not support him (or many things he is likely to say), but I feel the election process works best when there are multiple choices.

  1. Anonymous Joe
    December 1, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Is Daugaard not declaring because he is afraid of being indicted in the ongoing EB5 scandal or is it a ploy to avoid debates, like Rounds?

    • Ken Santema
      December 2, 2013 at 8:37 am

      Probably both like Tara says. I also think part of it is because he will back some super-conservative yet functionally meaningless legislation to pass in the 2014 legislative session. He will use the success of that to launch his reelection campaign. Not a bad political move.

  2. December 1, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Probably both.

  3. Merlyn Schutterle
    December 1, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    We may rank lowest in teacher pay and cost per student, but we don’t rank last in achievement. I think we are somewhere in the middle. Take the failing reservation schools out and we would look even better. So goes the local control they want. Reservation people are best at not being able to run anything. Looks like we are getting a good deal.

    When they talk about open government, they only want to talk about money issues. If you want to get stonewalled, try DCI or the attorney general’s office or even Daugaard. He took my money, shook my hand and lied to me.That’s because he loves his bureaucrats who kiss up to him and he responds in in kind.

    • Ken Santema
      December 2, 2013 at 8:39 am

      Yeah, most of our rankings for achievement have shown our teachers in SD actually get better value per dollar spent than the average. I can’t find the study right now. I think it was done by CATO.

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