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State Senator District 14

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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  • Timothy Reed
    (DEM)

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    Larry P. Zikmund
    (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?

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Several aspects of the South Dakota economy that are considered essential have come through the pandemic in good shape. The hospitality and tourism industries have struggled throughout the pandemic. Agriculture is affected by trade issues. I will work with the Governor’s office of Economic Development and the Agriculture Department to bridge the gap for those businesses who need assistance to regain their place in the South Dakota economy.
Support teacher education programs and work to insure adequate funds are directed to South Dakota’s public schools.
Support adequate funding and work on rules and regulations to provide flexibility for local governments.
I don’t have a decision on this topic at this time. I will research the referendum issue before the legislative session begins to determine if changes should be brought forward.
Redistricting is essential at this time due to population growth. I would consider a committee structure with a mix of legislators and private citizens.
I support South Dakota’s method for absentee voting which requires voters to request a ballot to complete and mail to the Auditor’s office.