In South Dakota State Legislative District 30, it’s game on!
Long-time State Representative Lance Russell is a man on a mission. And that mission in June of 2016 will be to challenge sitting State Senator Bruce Rampelberg for the seat he currently holds.
While he hasn’t issued a press release on it yet, Russell confirmed with me this afternoon that he is in fact going to be a candidate for the office.
As for the reasons why he’s running, Lance noted to the SDWC today that Rambelberg “has enticed him into the race with less than conservative votes and positions he’s taken such as on medical marijuana, tax increases, and bills such as Rampelberg’s sponsorship of Democrat Bernie Hunhoff’s corporate income tax measure.”
Long known as one of the legislature’s staunchest conservatives, Russell pointed out that “he and Rampelberg haven’t been on the same side on a number of issues for quite some time.”
Russell is completing his 8th year in the State House this session, and is no longer eligible to run again for the same office due to term limits.