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Now there are two Democrats in the South Dakota Governors race

January 29, 2014
Susan Wismer Head Shot

South Dakota state Representative Susan Wismer

Yesterday South Dakota state Representative Susan Wismer (D-1) announced her entry into the Governors race. With her entry in the race there are now two Democrats in the primary for South Dakota Governor. The other candidate, Joe Lowe, has had a very quiet campaign so far (I’ve heard him referred to by a local Democrat as the Stealth Candidate). Maybe Wismer’s entry in the race will get Lowe excited and start his campaign.

Since the South Dakota legislature is currently in session and Rep Wismer owns a tax preparation service it is unlikely we will hear much from her until mid-April (I can relate, my wife and I own a tax prep office). Her campaign announcement doesn’t have much information about what her platform is. The closest she has to issues is this part of the release:

“South Dakotans need and deserve a state government that works for them,” said Wismer.  “It’s time we had a Governor that stands up for middle-class South Dakotans, invests in education, and brings a fresh voice to the conversation, instead of the machine that has controlled Pierre for a generation.  That’s the kind of leader I intend to be.”

Since she is a Democrat candidate it is not surprising she opens by promoting class welfare. But I am glad she is in the race. I of course don’t support her stances. Bit, I feared the Democrats would fail to field a candidate that could at least gain attention. The election process works so much better when voters have actual choices. Right now I would say Wismer should easily beat Lowe in the Primary (unless he finds some fire somewhere). After that Wismer will have a hard time unseating Daugaard, but she at least can hopefully put up enough of a fight to make Daugaard work for his re-election bid.

With Wismer added there are now 6 candidates in the South Dakota Governors race:

  • Dennis Daugaard – Republican Incumbent (technically he hasn’t announced yet, but I’ve seen his petition being circulated).
  • Lora Hubbel – Republican challenging Daugaard in the Primary
  • Michael “Mike” Myers – Independent candidate who will have a challenge getting enough signatures
  • Curtis Strong – Constitution Party candidate from the Rapid City area
  • Joe Lowe – Democrat Party candidate that is running a stealth campaign
  • Susan Wismer – Democrat candidate currently serving in the SD legislature
  1. tara volesky
    January 29, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I believe Lora Hubbel is going to win the Republican nomination because she is not part of the good ole boys club and she is independent from the Republican regime. People are sick of politics as usual. She is for the PEOPLE!!!!!!!!! Let’s wake up and vote Hubbel, Myers, or anybody but the political machine.

    • January 29, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      I think it is great Lora is in the race. And I hope she brings to to Daugaard. There are many of us that don’t like certain things Daugaard has done. But he hasn’t really don’t anything bad enough to get non-polico’s worked up. Hubbel has to work hard to to get people to care about the things Daugaard has or hasn’t done. That will be an uphill battle for her.

  2. Merlyn Schutterle
    January 29, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I wonder if there are enough democrats in the state to even sign the petition. Daugaard is beatable if they are not afraid to take him on seriously. She will lose to Daugaard the same way Stephie lost to Jankow. I told her she had to take him on on the issues he couldn’t defend- his character. She replied that she wanted to run a positive campaign. The positive thing that came out of it is that she positively got her ass kicked. Janklow was way too smart for her. She finally got in on the sympathy vote after Janklow destroyed himself.

    • January 29, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      I think the first test for Wismer will be getting on the ballot. With her in a legislative session and in the middle of tax season she will have to rely upon the current Democrat Party infrastructure.. which currently is in ruins.

  3. tara volesky
    January 29, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    OK Ken, you have my word. Mike Myers is going to get on the ballot. Do I sound like Joe Namath? People are going to rise up and make a change. Health care is going to win it for Myers.

    • Merlyn Schutterle
      January 29, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      If anyone has a chance, it’s Mike. He isn’t afraid of anybody. I think he will be willing to take on anything that comes along. Until he proves me wrong, he has my support.

    • January 29, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      I really hope he does. And I have no doubt that Mike and his team will do everything possible to ensure that happens. I wasn’t trying to say anything disparaging. I was just stating the fact that it will be tough for him to do so.

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