South Dakota Democrats seem well-positioned to defend their state Senate seats this November and potentially pick up another, thanks to two current House members who have filed early petitions to run. According to filing reports, Rep. Troy Heinert (D-Mission) is making a bid for the District 26 Senate seat. He would replace Sen. Larry Lucas (D-Mission) if elected.
In District 4, Rep. Jim Peterson (D-Revillo) is running to flip the seat now held by Sen. Tim Begalka (R-Clear Lake), who is retiring. Currently the Minority Whip, Peterson is a seasoned lawmaker with more than 12 years of experience. The final filing deadline for primary elections is March 25.
The November election will also give voters in the state the chance to raise the minimum wage, including an annual cost-of-living adjustment. The state Democratic Party spearheaded the ballot initiative so as to provide a fair and livable wage to South Dakota workers. GOP lawmakers have consistently failed to promote economic fairness, opposing efforts to put more money the pockets of hard working South Dakotans.
Democrats in South Dakota are taking the fight for working families directly to the people. According a press release the “South Dakota Democratic Party and its partners in the labor community have filed language with the Attorney General for an initiated measure to raise South Dakota’s minimum wage to $8.50 per hour with annual cost of living increases.”
South Dakota Republicans want a second bite at the apple when it comes to creating a secret, multi-million-dollar slush fund at the expense of schools, hospitals, and other state priorities — and they’re planning to trample the rights of voters to get their way.
It’s rare for us to talk about former (rather than current) legislators — mainly because the 7000+ sitting legislators actually get to pass laws.