Over the past couple of weeks, a dark horse contender is emerging and announcing his intention to seek the highest of South Dakota’s State Offices. No, it’s not a name you’ve likely heard up to this point. But if he has his way, Minnehaha County Republican Terry LaFleur is working to get on the radar for 2018.
LaFleur is contacting members of the Sioux Falls media, County Commissioners, and others and announcing his belief that he has a calling to run for Governor of the State of South Dakota. I had spoken with him briefly when I was out in a work training a couple of weeks back, and again tonight where LaFleur told me of his work to start a grassroots organization to help him get his campaign off of the ground.
I asked him what his reason for running was and he explained he has a “strong platform” that’s a little different for a Republican, calling himself both “progressive and aggressive,” as well as “compassionate and strict.” He explained his constitutional beliefs could be termed along the lines of “original intent,” without going into detail on what exactly that entailed.
Citing a law school education, LaFleur explained that “he believes in due process, the right to an attorney, and a right to a speedy trial.” He further explained that he believes criminal recidivism is high, because sentences are “a slap on the wrist,” invoking a stance as a law and order candidate.
LaFleur is confident that things in his campaign are going to take off and get busy fast, so he’s in the market for a campaign manager (in case anyone is looking). He specifically noted that his effort is taking off locally in Minnehaha County, where Terry tells me he’s met with the Argus, KSFY & KELO.
Although, no one has provided any coverage of his entrance into the race as of yet.
Terry doesn’t have an e-mail address or website set up yet, but it’s on his to do list, expressing that his big priority is getting his campaign off the ground, and finding that campaign manager, as well as finding a treasurer & secretary to assist him in his campaign efforts.
And with 22 months to go until the June 2018 primary, he’s got time to get that done.