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State Senator District 10

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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    Nichole Cauwels

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    Maggie Sutton

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?

I believe small and medium sized businesses are the backbone of our country and main street South Dakota. I want to open opportunities for our farmers to be able to have more crop options available. Stop the price fixing that is happening at large meat processing plants, ease the ability for small processing plants to thrive. Aid our small businesses in aquiring the PPE and engineering controls that can keep them open safely.
Prioritize it in the budget it should be one of if not the first thing we find each session. Use more than just property tax to fund education. Increase teacher and support staff pay to attract and retain quality teachers. Stop introducing hate based legislation like anti trans or bathroom bills.
I would not vote to take away local control like the plastic trash bill from last session. I would allow counties to impose certain taxes if it were necessary. Allow school boards latitude while providing leadership and guidance.
I would oppose any changes that make it harder for the people to be heard or involved and support any legislation that made it easier for people led initiatives to make it to the ballot.
I believe it MUST be independent and based solely on numbers not partisan or socioeconomic factors.
I believe voting is a right and does not need to be earned. We need to make voting easier and encourage full participation from all over 18. I will push back against any legislation that seeks to oppress voting. I am willing to introduce thoughtful legislation to increase voter participation such as drop boxes, early voting and absentee voting. If we can do our taxes electronically we can vote that way as well but security is also of utmost importance.
Age 63
In our current volatile environment local businesses are depending on local dollars to stay afloat. Supporting our local businesses is the first priority, so I am encouraging South Dakotans to spend their hard earned dollars supporting our local, independently owned businesses within their communities. When considering new international markets It is important to do our due diligence to avoid unnecessary shipping and logistic cost by choosing the right global shipping methods. Having experience in the area of engineering training internationally, it is critical to understand communication difficulties and cultural differences. Finally selecting the right international company structure to ensure a successful and profitable business relationship.
I support public and private education, as well as home schoolers. The number one focus is to get our children back to school safely and in a manner that enables all students to learn in a save environment. Our States greatest asset is our Children. It is the responsibility to be aware of school board activities and participate in student-teacher conferences.

As a member of the Appropriations Committee, it is my responsibility to hear the Department of Education vision and strategic direction and to analyze the budget effectiveness and efficiency.
Bonds for counties, cities, and school districts should be at the best rate possible to prevent districts from paying at excess capacity. This comes from insuring that our state has a balanced budget. Abraham Lincoln said it best in his Gettysburg Address that our government “is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people” local control is about citizens. Government does not have dominion over citizens in this country, let’s hope it stays that way.
I support South Dakota single subject rule for ballot measures. South Dakota requires signature gatherers to be residents of of state and each initiative petition must contain a mandatory circulator affidavit. The current qualification for an initiated state statute for the ballot is equal to 5 percent of the votes cast for governor in the previous gubernatorial election. I would consider to change the vote to a 50% plus one majority.
I support the current process, our state constitution mandates that state legislative districts be contiguous and compact. State legislative districts are drawn by the state legislature. A simple majority vote in each chamber is required to pass a redistributing plan, which is subject to veto by the governor.
Protecting voter rights is equal to how moral and ethical is the individual who votes. We have heard a continual voice that voter suppression is on the rise and increase efforts are being made to create obstacles. I think the question to ask is are you registered to vote and willing to vote within the law of our United States constitution and laws of this state? Absentee votIng promotes access to the ballot legally. Voting is a privilege, do the right thing and vote!