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State Senator District 6

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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    Nancy Kirstein

  • Herman Otten

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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?

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. We need to keep looking forward to create opportunities for small businesses to thrive--from farming to tourism. Diversity is the key rather than relying on a system that takes money out of our state and into the hands of international interests.
The state government needs to uphold the promises and funding dedicated to teachers and schools. You can't have quality education without proper funding.
I feel that local control is imperative to strong communities. No one cares more about a community than the people who live in it. Our state government touts local control, but only when it suits them.
The initiative and referendum process keeps getting more complicated and restrictive with each election cycle, effectively taking power away from the voter.
I would fully support an independent citizen redistricting commission. We need to be sure that all voices are represented and this is a proven way to go about doing so.
The more we restrict a person's ability to vote, the more go against the words of our founding fathers. This right to vote is what makes America, America. We need to ensure that every vote is counted and every citizen who wants to vote has the ability to do so.
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