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There are now five Republican candidates in the South Dakota US Senate Race

December 16, 2013

RavnsborglogoToday Jason Ravnsborg of Yankton has just announced his entry into the US Senate race. That brings the total of Republicans entering the primary up to five. Ravnsborg has some interesting credentials:

Jason has a diverse background having grown up on a farm, by being a small business owner, by working as a practicing attorney and serving our nation as a Major in the Army Reserves.

Jason received a Bachelor of Science in History and Political Science as well as a Masters of Arts in History and a Juris Doctorate, along with an Army commission through ROTC from the University of South Dakota.

Jason has been deployed three times in support of the Global War on Terrorism. He has been deployed to Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal, a Combat Action Badge and he was honored at Congress for his service.

On paper Jason looks like a pretty good candidate. The only downside to Jason is his background as a practicing attorney; there are already a lot of attorneys serving in DC. But maybe his farm and military history can overcome that aspect of his experience. As the campaign season progresses it will be interesting to hear what Ravnsborg has to say. His website JasonForSouthDakota.com is up, but there is very little about his stance on issues yet. He does however have this in his “Why am I running” section:

Issues important to Americans and South Dakotans are also important to me. I am running to represent the will of the people and not allow bills such as Obamacare. Even though our country needs health care reform, a dishonest attempt like Obamacare must be immediately dealt with. I am running to provide our country with a strong national defense and a sensible foreign policy to protect and preserve our freedoms both at home and abroad.

Hopefully as the campaign progresses we will hear about more issues from this new entry into the race.

That puts the Republicans in the US Senate Race up to 5: Annette Bosworth, Stace Nelson, Jason Ravnsborg, Larry Rhoden, and Mike Rounds. There is one Democrat in the US Senate Race: Rick Weiland. And there is one Libertarian in the US Senate Race: Kurt Evans.

  1. Merlyn Schutterle
    December 16, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Looks like the good old divide and conquer thing happening again. This will be good news to Rounds. He will be the one getting the money, and we know money buys politicians.

    I have a lot of trouble with too many lawyers, but one of my best friends is an attorney. She is straight forward and honest. She complains about the system herself.

    • December 16, 2013 at 10:03 am

      I have to agree that Rounds can potentially see this as good news..

      I hear ya, my wife is getting a law degree. Not to practice as a lawyer though, more to help her career as a tax accountant.I think there are some very good people that are attorney’s. But it seems those are not the type that actually goes to DC.

  2. Merlyn Schutterle
    December 16, 2013 at 10:16 am

    If they are going to beat Rounds, they are going to have to look at the polls just before the election and select the best opposing candidate and the rest get out. A lot of people have already voted for Rounds for gov. That loyalty will probably stick for the uninformed voters who know nothing about things but they will vote on their emotions.

    • Nathan
      January 1, 2014 at 1:42 am

      This is so true, yet so unfortunate. It is really disheartening that the American electorate is largely uninformed.

      • Merlyn Schutterle
        January 1, 2014 at 7:19 pm

        They are uninformed because they want to be uninformed and too lazy to get informed.

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