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State Senator District 12

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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  • R Blake Curd
    (REP)

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    Jessica Meyers
    (DEM)

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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?

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As we experience a global pandemic together, we are learning what is truly important in life. From a work perspective, we have discovered that you can be highly efficient working remotely if the job supports remote work. We need to look towards the future and take advantage of opportunities to bring remote access to work opportunities to all South Dakota is throughout the state and position ourselves as a market for new work opportunities as we progress through the pandemic.
The first step to equitable public education is to sustainably fund all aspects of public education. Be that through increased teacher page, increased counselor pay, increased assistant pay. We need to create an opportunity in schools that not only prepare them for the collegiate track but also to be productive in a trade if that is the direction the child chooses to go after high school. Our public educators are some of the best in the country, we need to pay them like we value them. We also need to focus on a smaller class size so children do not slip through the cracks and there is a lower teacher to student ratio so all kids individualized needs are met.
Local governments and local school Boards are always the first line of defense for any school concerns that are happening at the local level. At a state level, our responsibility is to provide enough funding and enough opportunities to be able to support the needs that those local districts aren’t able to provide on their own.
I can see the value in getting a percentage of signatures as a snapshot of the state as a whole on initiated measures. I do think that in the world that we live in now we should be able to incorporate a digital component to make it a bit easier for these issues to get on the ballot. Currently, the system is set up to not have the people’s voice easily heard when it comes to laws being discussed at the state level.
When it comes to redistricting after the census it is crucial that the process reflects the communities as a whole. For decades the redistricting process has allowed legislators to choose their voters instead of the voters choosing their legislator. We need to represent the communities at hand and allow them a proper voice in the state and local governments.
I am in support of online same day voting as well as the ability to vote by mail. There are many states in the country that have successfully navigated a vote by mail process slowly and it is successful. We can use their state as a model to effectively roll out a process that would work for all South Dakota ends and allow them to be a part of the election process at every level. The more people that get to vote the more the legislators reflect their communities and it also allows new people to be involved in the election process.