Jason Ravnsborg is South Dakota’s newest US Senate candidate, jumping into the election during the final quarter of 2013 during a busy time in politics. I thought it would be worthwhile for readers to hear more from and about him. As noted on his announcement release;
Jason believes that our national debt is out of control and that we must balance our budget. Jason believes that our government is not responding to the will of the American people who have steadfastly been against Obamacare from the beginning. Jason intends to roll up his sleeves and work hard every day to improve Washington and make it more responsive to the electorate.
And with that, I bring you 5 questions with Jason Ravnsborg:
1. Why are you running?
I am running because I care about the welfare of our state and our nation. Our country has major challenges I want to help with in any way I can. I have always sought to give back in the forms of community service, military service and I now want to give back to my state and country through political service. I understand that this is a tremendous undertaking. However, I have taken on very difficult challenges before and been successful. I see the U.S. Senate as a way to continue the oath of service I first took in the military: to protect and defend the constitution, and to serve the people faithfully and tirelessly.
My intention is to be a good listener that will better enable me to understand the needs of the people of South Dakota. I will not be an East River or West River politician, but instead a statesman representing the entire state. I believe we need more statesman in our country, people that are more concerned about doing what is right for our state and the country, not just what is the easy answer. Many Americans have lost faith in their elected officials in Washington, D.C. I plan to help restore their faith by being responsive to their needs and positions.
2. What can you tell us about your campaign team? Is this a ‘kitchen cabinet’ of family, close friends and associates, have you brought on consultants, or do you have a group of activists helping you?
I have an ever growing group of people supporting me and I am truly humbled by their support. With their assistance, I am building an army of volunteers who believe as I do in representing the people of this great state.
I have a campaign manager who has helped run a Presidential campaign at the state level. Additionally, I have a communication director who has a background in radio and is an elected states attorney here in South Dakota. Other key volunteers are already seeking to set up meetings and have begun gathering signatures. However, the buck stops with me, I am responsible for every aspect of my campaign and my representation of the people of our great state.
3. This is a large field of candidates, which we only see for open seats. Does that change your strategy for the campaign? What’s your ‘win’ number?
No, I would have the same strategy if the field were only two. I intend to run my campaign as I see it and others can run their campaign as they see fit. I will provide a positive campaign where I will listen to the people of South Dakota and know what they are for and then work very hard to represent their interests.
When you say “Win” number, I was unsure if you meant position in the race or percentage of the vote, so I will answer it this way. I intend to run to win! I want to make clear that while I do know people on the staffs of other campaigns; my campaign is NOT affiliated with another campaign or set up to take votes from one candidate or another. I hope to earn every vote that I am fortunate enough to have cast for me by the people of our state. However, I think our country needs to seriously talk about the issues and find solutions while involving as many of its citizens in the process as possible. I will work hard, intelligently and then we will let the people decide who they want to best represent their interests.
4. Can you tell us about your prior experience in politics and government? What in your background do you think has best prepared you for the running for office?
I have never run for political office which many believe is a plus. Furthermore, I am not beholden to any special interests groups for my vote and I never will be. Groups or Individuals that seek to endorse me or support me will most likely be because we already have some of the same views. I firmly believe our founders did not intend for career politicians, but instead people willing to serve their country and then return home. This is much like my military experiences and various deployments.
I have worked on campaigns in the past from the Presidential level to the local level. I have family that continues to actively work in politics and a number of friends working to better our state and nation in various diverse fields.
I believe it is important the Republican Party wins this U.S. Senate seat. I believe the people of South Dakota are generally conservative and thus it makes sense to send a conservative to Washington D.C. whom will represent their concerns and issues.
I have a diverse background that has prepared me to run for office. I grew up on a farm, where I learned about agriculture, the importance of the land and the value of hard work. I am a small business owner, where I have learned payroll operations and how to make ends meet. I am an attorney where I work to solve complex problems and mediate between people to find a solution. I am an army officer where I have learned discipline, leadership, strong moral values and bringing people together from a variety of diverse backgrounds to include local, national and international. I also learned as an officer to overcome challenging situations while still remaining calm and collective under pressure. These are some of the qualities that will assist me in this campaign and the U.S. Senate. One of the most important lessons for me in the military is to be able to lead, follow and above all know when to quickly decide which one to do.
5. Along those same lines, what issues do you believe are the most important in the 2014 US Senate Race?
I do not believe any one issue can be identified to be the most important. We need South Dakotans and other Americans adequately employed to have sufficient revenue to live comfortable lives. We have done a very good job in South Dakota with our low unemployment rate, but we can still do better. We must protect the environment which will help create and sustain jobs in the marketplace. We must work diligently to provide an environment where we produce jobs that keep the younger generation in South Dakota versus leaving to find jobs in other states.
I am deeply concerned about our national debt and the failure of the federal government to pass a balanced budget. If we do not balance our federal budget, as we do with our own personal budgets, the consequences will be dire to our country.
I also believe Obamacare must be repealed and replaced. The government sought to force something upon the American people they did not want. We need a plan the American people can get behind, believe in and benefit from, not one that divides us.
I have always been a multi-tasker and so these issues along with taxes, energy, immigration, agriculture and national security all require simultaneous attention in a comprehensive effort. I recently posted a number of issues on my website www.jasonforsouthdakota.com You can read about these issues and others and I hope to discuss them with you in more detail in the coming months.
We must make Americans safe, healthy and give them the ability to provide for their families. We are the greatest nation on earth which provides us the strength of character and work ethic to be leaders in the world. However, with great success comes great responsibility. We can and must do better in addressing our concerns so that our children and grandchildren can also enjoy the American dream. Together, we can do it!