(This OP ed was submitted by Richard Mounce, Candidate for District 30 House to several media outlets including the SDWC, so I offer it here for your reading pleasure. Guest pieces are always welcome at the SDWC, and are published at my discretion – PP)
I am a Republican running to be your State Representative in District 30 because I want our children and young families to stay and raise their families here in South Dakota. We can achieve this by growing our economy and providing our K-12 students a world class education—two pillars of a thriving community. I am optimistic for our future and what we can achieve together.
The Black Hills are a very special place. As I walk in the district daily, I meet the silent majority of salt-of-the-earth South Dakotans who would give the shirt off their backs to their neighbors and who live with faith and determination.
Unfortunately, by contrast, a small and vocal group uses outright lies, fear-mongering and manipulation to smear and intimidate candidates whom they do not like. Aside from malicious gossip, they send outrageous, and anonymous, post cards at election time. Such negative tactics are not consistent with South Dakota values and may ultimately discourage good people from running for office. These hateful character assassinations do not represent the best of who we are as a community and stand in stark contrast to the true South Dakota we know and love.
Winston Churchill said, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” This letter was written to put “the pants of truth” on about my campaign and me as there have been many negative attacks directed at my wife Laura and I. No doubt these attacks will increase as June 7th approaches. In one sense these attacks can be viewed as a tribute to the strength of my campaign. It means my message is resonating with the silent majority and threatens the noisy cynics.
One rumor being spread is that Laura and I have “Oregon Values” because we moved to South Dakota from Oregon several years ago. In fact, Laura is a 4th generation South Dakotan and absolutely steadfast in her support of my candidacy. We chose to leave Oregon and move to South Dakota, in part, because Christians and Conservatives in Portland are an endangered species.
The Oregon values I learned as a child are love of God, patriotism, service to the community, honesty and the value of hard work. While things may have changed in Oregon, in South Dakota these values are still the bedrock of life and are values Laura and I share and live daily.
The issue boils down to trust. The voters have every right to expect honesty and integrity from their elected representatives. Relationships of all kinds are built on trust. As a doctor and businessman, I am successful because I deliver what I promise. I mean what I say and say what I mean. If I promise to support accountable, limited and common-sense government policies based on Reagan-esque conservative principles, I’ll do everything in my power to deliver results honestly and transparently.
I will not compromise to be an insider or forget who elected me in Pierre. I will not compromise my conservative values. I will not compromise my faith and integrity. As your representative I will always do what is right in the present, without regard to being re-elected in the future. You have my word on it.
Together, collectively lets say “NO” to the fear, lies and negativity. Let’s say “YES” to optimism, integrity and improving our state. Saying “Yes” will help our young families build a brighter future here. If you want to know where I stand on any issue, or if you hear something other than what is written here, call me. Respectfully, I ask for your vote on June 7th.
Richard Mounce, SD House Candidate District 30, MounceSDHouse30.com