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State Senator District 4

Description: The South Dakota State Legislature is the legislative branch of the government of South Dakota. It is a bicameral legislative body, consisting of the Senate which has 35 members, and the House of Representatives, which has 70 members. The two houses are similar in most respects; the Senate alone holds the right to confirm gubernatorial appointments to certain offices. The Legislature meets at the South Dakota State Capitol in Pierre. It begins its annual session of the second Tuesday of January each year. The legislative session lasts 40 working days in odd-numbered years, and 35 days working days in even numbered years. Term: 4 consecutive 2 year termsSalary: $6,000 + $142 per legislative dayRequirements for Office: 21 years old; 2 years residency; qualified voter; may not have been convicted of bribery, perjury or other infamous crime; may not have illegally taken "public moneys".Petition Requirements: Depends on party and legislative district. See SD Secretary of State's website for details.

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    Daryl Root
    (LIB)

  • John Wiik
    (REP)

Biographical Information

What will you do to support the economy throughout our state in the face of international trade conflicts and the COVID-19 pandemic?

What should our state government do to provide an equitable, quality public education for all children?

What would you do for our local governments, such as counties, cities and school boards, so that they can be flexible in responding to local issues?

How do you view the initiative and referendum process in South Dakota? Are there any changes to this system that you would support?

With the redistricting process happening after the 2020 Census, how do you view the legislature’s role in this process and would you support an independent citizen redistricting commission?

What are your plans to protect voter rights such as online or same-day voter registration as well as absentee voting/voting by mail?

The free market works best when left alone. The government should stay out of it, and allow people to do what they do best, run their businesses the way they see fit.
Again, nothing. Far too many people look to governments for answers when the besr answers come from within. Education should be local as much as possible. I'm a firm believer in cyber schools, home education, and other alternatives. Let the free market rule, not government imposing it's will.
Again, get out of the way. I want to shrink government, not expand it.
We don't live in a democracy where the minority are subject to whatever whim the majority wishes to impose. We live in a democratic republic which is to protect the minority from the majority; people don't know that or they forget it. I am not a fan of initiatives and referendums. If you don't like what government is doing, vote the bums out. You get what you vote for.
Independent citizen redistricting commission? There can be no such thing. Everyone has a political opinion so it would never be unbiased, as the word independent suggests. Coming from a state where redistricting was a cartoon, I see South Dakota as quite reasonable.
I don't like any of those ideas. The census is full of inaccuracies. How can we expect any of these ideas to be any more accurate? If you want to vote, be a responsible adult and show up on election day. I would only make exception for disabled people and active military personnel.
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