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Haugaard officially announces challenge to Noem

Steve Munsen
Steven Haugaard

State Rep. Steve Haugaard announced today that he intends to challenge Republican Gov. Kristi Noem in the June primary election.

“We need a full-time governor who puts South Dakotans first. Period," Haugaard said in a written statement. "Kristi Noem has been beholden to special interests, from the NCAA, to big business, to corporate lobbyists. We need leadership that focuses on serving the needs of our people, not using the office as a stepping-stone.”

Haugaard, of Sioux Falls, was elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives in 2014 and re-elected in 2016, 2018 and 2020. He was elected by the members of the House to serve as speaker pro tempore in 2018, and then elected again to serve as speaker of the House in 2019 and 2020.

Gov. Noem has already announced her intent to run for re-election.

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