Stace Nelson describes himself as a broken-down Marine who didn’t have aspirations to run for U.S. Senate. But he says he has an obligation to serve the people of South Dakota and fix the problems he sees in Washington, DC. He's one of five Republicans seeking the seat being vacated by Democrat Tim Johnson.
Nelson joined the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from Mitchell High School. He served as a Marine and Naval Criminal Investigative Service officer before returning to South Dakota. He was elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives in 2010 and first announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate last August. Stace Nelson joined Dakota Midday and explained why he's running for the office.