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State Senator District 29

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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  • Gary L. Cammack
    (REP)

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    Kent Wilsey
    (LIB)

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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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I will work to reduce state spending to minimize taxes and leave the maximum amount of money in taxpayer hands. I will work to remove the state minimum wage law to maximize employment opportunity, especially for hard to employ people.
I have a vision to make South Dakota the Education State, where people with the means from all over the country send their children to be educated.

The ultimate goal should be to get the state out of the business of teaching kids, and get it in the hands of private enterprise, so a parent can pick between several different schools to find the one that best suits their child and the goals of the family. Similarly, schools should be competing to have the best mix of excellent teaching and affordable prices.

First, allow school districts to offer scholarships to parents of students in their district for their children to attend school in private schools or be homeschooled, and still count those students as district students for the school funding formula. There would have to be an agreement signed where the district assigns all authority and responsibility for the child's education to the parent.

For school boards, see above. For cities and counties, I will work to minimize the interference of the state government.
It's a viable, if cumbersome, system. I would actually like the state government follow the dictates of the referendum.
Having lived in one of the most gerrymandered states in the union, North Carolina, I would fight to have the redistricting done with simple shapes(ideally rectangles) and no concern for the race or political affiliation of the residents. I realize this is a fight that will be hard to win, but we need someone there fighting the Republican machine.
I will resist changes to those laws, until I learn of a real systemic issue with any of them.