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State Senator District 21

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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    Dan Kerner Andersson
    (DEM)

  • Erin Tobin
    (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?

For COVID-19, we need a massive testing program. Everyone should be able to have a quick test, weekly, for free. When people can be confident that they don't have the virus, and that most people around also are in the clear, then they will have more confidence to go to restaurants, go shopping, and workplaces and schools will be able to keep open without spreading the virus. When only the sick need to stay home, the economy will get a boost immediately. The virus is real, it is not a hoax, and Governor Noem is jeopardizing us all.
We need a funding system that isn't based on property taxes, so zip-codes doesn't determine a schools resources. Teacher salaries must be competitive. School lunches should be free for all, no child should ever have a school lunch debt.
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I think the initiative and referendum process is very important, and I would like to see it being much easier to get initiatives on the ballot, perhaps even individual budget items "Do you approve a teacher pay-rise of $1000/year, funded by a 0.02% income tax?" "Do you approve increasing road maintenance funding by $50M/year, funded by a 0.1% income tax?" It would take some decision-making out of the hands of legislators, and also perhaps give people a feeling of control over where their taxes go.
I would fully support an independent citizen redistricting commission. Voters should elect their politicians, politicians shouldn't select their voters.
Voter participation is ridiculously low. In my birth-country of Sweden anything below 85% is considered a disappointment. We need Automatic Voter Registration. Election day should be a holiday, or on a Sunday. Mail-in ballots should be the norm, and postage should be paid. There should also be a program to make sure that every dwelling in SD has a proper mailing address, this is a problem especially on reservations. This will help with mail-in voting, as well as with getting ID cards. When the technology is safe, one should be able to vote with your phone, this would save a lot of money. Obviously, anything that makes it easier to vote is detrimental for (R), so it will be a fight.
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