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Dist 2 State House Democrat Candidate Natasha Noethlich at the Brown County Fair

August 15, 2014
SD District 2 Democrat House candidate Natasha Noethlich speaking with a voter at the Brown County Fair. Photo by Ken Santema.

SD District 2 Democrat House candidate Natasha Noethlich speaking with a voter at the Brown County Fair. Photo by Ken Santema.

While at the Brown County Fair I was able to catch up with Natasha Noethlich, one of the Democrat State House candidates in District 2.  This is an interesting race because one of current District 2 representatives, Brock Greenfield, has moved over to the Senate race so he can take on Democrat State Senator Chuck Welke. To replace Brock on the Republican side is his mother Lana Greenfield. Greenfield is who Noethlich is likely looking to overcome in this election; it might be tough for her to take on Burt Tulson, who is a well-liked legislator running for re-election in the District 2 House race.

Noethlich said she has three main focuses if she elected to serve in Pierre. The first is farming issues. One interesting fact about Noethlich and her husband is that they are first generation farmers. That fact alone shows how hard she is willing to work, it could not have been easy to undertake a first generation farm in today’s world. She can leverage her experience coming into the agricultural industry and bring a unique point of view into ag related debates. During my conversation with Noethlich I got the impression what she really wants is for farmers to be well represented in Pierre.

The second priority for Noethlich is education. She has served on a school board and has seen first-hand what budgetary cuts do to small schools. Noethlich contends that many teachers are asked to cover too many areas of education. As an example she said it is hard to get a foreign language teacher, unless that teacher is also able to teach other classes. I don’t know if it is particularly bad for small schools to require more areas of expertise for their teachers. But I do agree that if teachers are being asked to have greater skills and knowledge then there is a case also for greater pay going to those teachers.

Finally, Noethlich believes roads are an issue that needs attention. She had served on a township board for thirteen years. During that time she said it was difficult for the township to ‘make the books’ because they simply didn’t have the resources necessary to properly maintain the infrastructure. Noethlich mentioned the township had to take an opt-out just to maintain paved roads. She also mentioned that farmers have had to clear snow for the township.

Overall I really like Noethlich as a candidate. I still haven’t had the opportunity to speak with Lana Greenfield, so it is too soon to say which candidate is ‘better’. But from what I’ve seen Noethlich is a very intelligent candidate and has been working hard already this summer to meet constituents around District 2. If nothing else I would say she should not be taken lightly by her opponents.

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