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Larry Rhoden Joins U.S. Senate Race

Nate Wek

Another South Dakotan says he wants to be the Republican contender for 2014’s open U.S. Senate seat. State Senator and Majority Whip Larry Rhoden is running in the Republican primary. Rhoden believes he has qualities to be successful on the national level.

Larry Rhoden challenges former South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds in the race for the U.S. Senate seat. Wednesday, Rhoden made his announcement official at Falls Park in Sioux Falls. Rhoden says there are problems in federal government that need repair.

"I believe that we can all probably agree that Washington D.C. is headed in the wrong direction and is putting our children’s future in jeopardy. The 17 trillion dollar question is, what do we do to fix it," Rhoden says.

Rhoden says leaders can’t correct the problem by maintaining the status quo. That’s one of the reasons he decided to run for Congress.

Credit Nate Wek / SDPB
Larry Rhoden speaking at Falls Park

"I want my children and my grandchildren, and all the people of South Dakota to have the same freedoms and opportunities that I’ve had. That’s why I’m running for the United States Senate. I want to continue serving South Dakota by fighting for individual liberty and conservative values in our nation’s capital," Rhoden says.

Rhoden says he opposes big government and wasteful spending and will campaign on those values. He travels next to Rapid City and then plans to tour the state. The primary election takes place in June of next year, and the U.S. Senate general election follows in November.