Secretary of State Shantel Krebs will run for South Dakota’s only congressional seat in 2018.
Krebs is currently serving her first term as Secretary of state. She took the seat in 2015.
Krebs says her time in that position makes her qualified for the job…
“Why can’t we go to D.C. and challenge D.C. agencies and offices to be like South Dakota? Why can’t we ask offices and D.C. agencies to zero base our budgets like I did in my office? Why can’t we ask for cuts and say ‘No, that’s not going to be acceptable. You have to find cut.’" Krebs says. "Because that’s essentially what we do in South Dakota when times are tough and state budgets are tight, we make the cuts and we balance our budget.”
Kreb’s bid for the U.S. House of Representatives comes just after the 2017 state legislative session winds down. Late last year Congresswoman Kristi Noem announced her bid for governor in 2018.
Krebs will face Republican challenger Dusty Johnson, former chief of staff to Governor Dennis Daugaard, for the GOP spot on the ticket.