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State Senator District 35

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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    Jessica Castleberry
    (REP)

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    Brian Gentry
    (IND)

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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The Covid-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented disruption to the global economy and world trade, as production and consumption are scaled back across the globe. One of the most effective means of addressing this crisis is through timely, accurate information. The intention is to highlight one possible course of action that seems to be emerging in the field. The aim of all of these measures is to ensure that there are sufficient supplies to domestic markets. The bigger its impact, the greater are the chances that we will see the paradigm shift in international trade relations and governance.
Subject Wise Learning National Achievement Survey (NAS) Minimum qualifications of teachers Quality Education Equality in Education International Exposure Cultural Festivals BEd Degree Structure Grading System Integrated Data E-learning material for teachers and students Innovations in classroom study Interactive content for students Massive open online courses Education Channels

We must remember that every child is different and has unique needs. We need to assist in cultivating an environment in our classrooms where every student feels heard. We need to be dynamic with classroom space and reflect on our own beliefs to ensure equality in our society.
In the United States there are a wide range of local governments. I would:

Recognize crime and safety as a quality-of-life issue. Work across jurisdictional boundaries. Recognize the crucial role of political leadership. Develop tools and measures of success that involve the community and victims of crime. Adapt strategies to local needs on the basis of good analysis and targeted plans.

This all illustrates the framework that works best when adapted to the specific needs of a community. Good governance requires that mayors and other key local officials develop the capacity to respond to these needs.
This process enables citizens to bypass their state legislature by placing proposed statutes and, in some states, constitutional amendments on the ballot. The popular referendum is strongly about a device which allows an individual to approve or repeal an act of the legislature.

The primary purpose of both is to give voters an opportunity to approve or reject laws either proposed or enacted by the Legislature. These initiatives would allow citizens to propose a new statute or constitutional amendment.

1. Does your proposed law conflict with any current law? 2. Is this an issue that you feel would be supported by your community or is it a large enough problem that citizens of the state feel strongly about? 3. What are the costs associated with implementing and enforcing such a law?

State legislators across the country listen to their constituents and care about their opinions at the end of the day.
Lawmakers use population data, demographic maps, and voter registration data to draw a clear picture of who lives where - and what party they are affiliated with. It's ultimately up to the legislators whether to create fair districts or draw them for their own competitive advantage. With a mandate to create districts that are representative and protect communities of interest, these commissions ensure that Americans are choosing their politicians, not the other way around. Every 10 years following the U.S. Census, district lines for political offices must be redrawn in states across the country to accurately reflect their population.
Voting is the most basic right in our democracy, but too many people are locked out of the process. To make every vote count, we need a system that is free and fair to ensure that everyone's voice is heard, including those who have served their time and paid their debt to society. State and federal policies should uniformly protect the right to vote and promote voter participation across the United States. We must recruit more poll workers to ensure a safe and smooth election process.

3 issues that need to be addressed:

Voting Reform Voting Rights Restoration Vote Suppression

Informed citizens are democracy's best defense.