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Rep. Peters (District 9) Finally debates Wilson, and makes some disheartening statements about Native Americans
Rep. Peters towed the party line on the state budget, the voter feeds on reservations, & South Dakota’s ‘good business climate.’ Rob consistently emphasized that he wants to be senator for all of District 9, focusing on education, trimming the fat in the state’s budget, and keeping good, high-paying jobs in South Dakota.
Though it’s not specific to District 9, one spectator’s question asked how candidates felt about Indian country in South Dakota. Rob’s answer was cogent & to the point, acknowledging the complex problems our neighbors on South Dakota reservations face & the need for practical solutions. Rep. Peters ignored such complexities, saying that Native Americans on South Dakota’s reservations were “genetically pre-disposed” to many of the problems they face such as alcoholism and diabetes.
She even reiterated it later in her response, (i’m paraphrasing) essentially saying that part of the solution for problems facing our reservations is working w/ Native Americans to make them aware of the problems they’re genetically pre-disposed to.
Knowing the history of our relations with American Indians in this country and the ways in which some settlers used alcohol as leverage to exert power over their Indian neighbors, I was taken aback by Rep. Peters’ statements.
This in particular, along with Rep. Peters repeated refusal to acknowledge the failings of current budgeting practices in Pierre, demonstrated for me that Rob is the clear choice for District 9 Senate.
While I have often thought of Peters as your typical do nothing Republican in Pierre who is simply there to protect her own interests as a business person, I never knew she was so insensitive to Native Americans, and what is so surprising is she would show that prejudice in a public debate. But I guess nothing should surprise me anymore, and we will see if our ‘diligent’ local media covers it. Doubt it. Republicans in our state say stupid shit all the time and their supporters love it.
Sioux Falls, SD — District 9 Senate Candidate Rob Wilson has challenged his opponent, Rep. Deb Peters, to a public debate after Peters skipped the forums sponsored by the Argus Leader Editorial Board and the League of Women Voters. The debate will be held at 5PM Friday, October 29th, in Sioux Falls at the MariCar Community Center, 400 N. Valley View Road. On October 14th, 2010, Wilson spoke with Peters to discuss the possibility of having a debate somewhere in the district. After trading calls and emails for over a week, Peters responded in an email October 24th that Friday the 29th would work, going so far as to say, “Anyway – if you still think you can pull off this debate, I will be there.” Wilson said, “Talking with voters throughout District 9 has made me realize just how much voters want to be heard when it comes to issues they care about. Voters in District 9 deserve to have a candid conversation with their candidates for State Senate. It would be a shame for voters to get cheated out of their chance to grill us side by side.”
I find this a little humorous, but not surprising. This is the normal game Republicans play when they are ahead in the polls, avoid confrontation. Why? Because they have no solutions, and they hate to be questioned about solving problems. Oh, and they are weasels.
Pasture DooHickey just doesn’t get it. You are unelectable.
I live in northeast Sioux Falls and am seeking the District 9 Senate seat currently held by Tom Dempster. To my knowledge, at 23 years old, I am the youngest candidate for public office in South Dakota.
In regard to my legislative priorities, I will fight to fully fund education in South Dakota, develop clean energy to make us a national leader, and provide greater accountability in Pierre through greater transparency. However, my agenda is much broader.
As the youngest candidate in the state, I want to bring more young people into the process, and show them how they can affect change themselves. I want them to understand the importance of voting and to realize that with indifference comes serious consequences. We are the ones who are inheriting this state and the problems that come with it – and although I intend to represent the interests of all of my constituents, I feel that those under 25 are especially underrepresented and need a strong voice in Pierre.
I believe that my generation has a different perspective than most public servants in Pierre – and in order for our state to thrive we need to embrace and incorporate the contributions and ideas that our young people have to offer. We need to start fostering the development of our future leaders and provide them with the opportunities to gain meaningful experiences.
I was fortunate enough to be elected (at 18 years old) to the Hurley City Council. I was then featured as ABC World News’ “Person of the Week” – as one of the youngest people in the nation to get elected; highlighting the problems facing rural farming communities. A year later I was elected Mayor. That was one of the most challenging, difficult, and fulfilling experiences of my life. I learned so much – and it has given me the confidence to run for Senate today.
There’s a big difference between this election and my last: this time I have about 42 times more registered voters to reach. My predecessor raised around $52,000 for this seat – and we are expecting my opponent to far outspend us as well. Our plan is to outwork rather than outspend the opposition to earn the vote.
We contend that one can’t buy an election in South Dakota.
For this race, involving the young people of South Dakota is not just a goal but a necessity. We plan to reach all the voters of the district and to do that we need help. We don’t have the deep campaign coffers like others – but we have the will. We have a tremendous team, and we are working hard the earn victory in November.
I am out to prove that you don’t have to be rich to get elected – and that the underdog can win when willing to work hard for it.
For more information, check us out at http://robwilsonforsenate.com/ and visit us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rob-Wilson-for-SD-State-Senate/124257670952582?ref=ts
I found her answer to this question interesting, considering her three opponents answered it honestly. So Deb, Anti-choice or Pro-choice?
8. Do you approve or disapprove of Initiated Measure 11, which would ban all abortions with exceptions for the mother’s life, rape or incest? My personal belief on Initiated Measure 11 doesn’t matter, as the initiated measure was put on the ballot by the citizens by collecting signatures. The South Dakota Constitution sets forth this process. This is no longer a legislative issue, and it is up to the people of South Dakota to make their decision. I will support and uphold the decision of not only my constituents in my district, but also the entire state.
Yes is does matter, because we all know that the Vote Yes on 11 people plan to strip the exceptions if they win in November, and they plan to do that with the help of the State legislature.