I attended the announcement for Dennis Daugaard's gubernatorial campaign yesterday. To date, Mr. Daugaard is the only candidate, Republican or Democrat, who has shown the remotest interest in West River issues, most importantly tourism. He's going to be a good candidate.
I've posted on Mr. Munsterman before and noted that his "book" barely acknowledges that there is a South Dakota west of the Missouri River. Dave Knudson is more difficult to reach and doesn't have a "book" to refer to. His website does not mention issues relating to anything west of the river. Ken Knuppe doesn't mention tourism on his website issues either. And he's from West River.
Only Daugaard has a section on his website concerning the state's second largest industry.
It's early in the campaign. Each Republican candidate has been invited to an online debate on this blog. One has agreed to participate so far. And, in fairness, the others haven't had time to respond.
This has been discussed backline and when we're able to put the debate together we'll release more details. In the meantime...anyone have any questions they'd like all the Republican candidates for governor to answer?
Update: Two candidates have accepted.