The Mitchell Daily Republic interviewed Stace Nelson about his return to electoral politics in this weekend’s paper. Let’s just say it was…. Interesting.
Nelson seeks to replace Sen. Bill Van Gerpen, R-Tyndall, who is not running for re-election after more than a decade in state politics.
Nelson believes his decision to run played a role in Van Gerpen’s choice to bow out from the 2016 election. He said his fellow District 19 residents have expressed unhappiness with Van Gerpen and the other two district representatives for their support of the recently-passed half-percent sales tax increase for education funding.
“When you see corruption this brazen, this blatant, where people are ending up dead under mysterious circumstances because of state corruption, I don’t know how much more evidence you need that we have a problem here in South Dakota,” Nelson said.
If elected, Nelson will fight to make cabinet positions subject to public vote. Nelson said officials serving in the governor’s cabinet should be elected to two-year terms at the hands of the people rather than selected by the governor. He believes this could help eliminate the “negligence” and apparent lack of oversight over programs like GEAR UP.
Is there something in the water in that area? Former area Democratic State Senator Frank Kloucek was a proponent of electing cabinet officials as well, such as when he proposed bills to elect the secretary of game fish & parks, and the secretary of agriculture. Those ideas didn’t get very far when Frank brought them up, even among his fellow Democrats.
Somehow, I don’t think resurrecting failed Frank Kloucek ideas, and having people campaign for those jobs makes any more sense now than it did when Frank put bills in for them nearly a decade ago.
But, it’s a whole new campaign season. Stay tuned.