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District 3 State House Republican candidate Dan Kaiser at the Brown County Fair

August 14, 2014
District 3 State Representative Dan Kaiser speaking with a constituent at the Brown County Fair. Photo by Ken Santema

District 3 State Representative Dan Kaiser speaking with a constituent at the Brown County Fair. Photo by Ken Santema

So far this week at the Brown County Fair I was able to speak with Democrat District 3 House candidates Pate Hale and Burt Elliott. Today I had the chance to speak with the incumbent Republican District 3 House Representative Dan Kaiser. I had a small chat with Kaiser to see what his priorities would be if he is reelected to serve in Pierre.

Kaiser said transportation and education would be his top priorities; as they have been since he serves on both committees. In regards to transportation, Kaiser says Brown County roads are “in disarray” and needs to become a priority. Expanding road districting is a solution Kaiser is favors. Kaiser understands the rural/urban battle that goes on in Brown County when trying to get extra funding for roads. I agree road districting might be a good approach to take. It allows control and taxes to stay as local as possible. Kaiser went on to say that keeping transportation funding local increases accountability and reduces the chances of funds being manipulated.

When I asked Kaiser about education funding he stated he has continuously voted for higher K-12 spending. He said he will continue to do so since it is a top priority not just for himself, but also for constituents.

From funding I moved on to ask him about Common Core. Kaiser had a statement that I think sums up how many feel: “anything so great doesn’t need to be mandatory”. Kaiser believes education standards should be as local as possible. He believes most education decision should be left to local school boards and teacher to decide. Kaiser said teachers and school boards must be trusted to do what is right. He pointed out how to different states, such as CA and SD, would have very different education and regional needs. Kaiser sees this as a local control issue. I agree with him. If the local school boards and teachers are acting improperly it is much easier to do something about that; as opposed to centralized education where the problem may be a person sitting in at a desk in Washington, DC.

Finally I asked Kaiser about industrial hemp. I asked this question in particular because I had just met with a group of local farmers excited about the prospect of a new cash crop. Kaiser said he supported HCR 1017 this year. The resolution called on Congress and various federal agencies to recognize industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity. The resolution sadly failed in the State Senate. Kaiser supports industrial hemp because it creates more opportunities for farmers in the state. In addition is has been found that industrial hemp works as habitat for the pheasant population. I hope other politicians will open their mind on industrial hemp as Kaiser has. Hemp is a crop that could add some true economic development in South Dakota. Not only would it provide another cash crop for farmers; but I believe it would allow small business owner in South Dakota to open small manufacturing plants revolving around the variety of products that can be made from help. I believe that is true economic development.

Kaiser goes into this race as the only real incumbent. Yet two others running for the position of District 3 State Representative, Al Novstrup and Burt Elliott, have an almost incumbent-like status in this race. It should be interesting to see how this race will end in November.

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