Meet the Candidates

Interviews with candidates for public office in South Dakota, 2018.

Meet the Candidates: Julie Frye Mueller

Oct 22, 2020
SDLRC

In The Moment ... October 22, 2020 Show 926 Hour 2

SDPB takes you right on through election day with coverage of the news, the candidates, and the vote. That includes our Meet the Candidates series on In The Moment. We're meeting Julie Frye Mueller today. She's a Republican member of the South Dakota House of Representatives who is focusing her efforts on winning election to the State Senate in District 30 which includes parts of Pennington, Fall River and Custer Counties. Julie Frye Mueller is a business owner from Rapid City.

Meet the Candidates: Al Novstrup

Oct 19, 2020
SDLRC

In The Moment … October 19, 2020 Show 923 Hour 1

Al Novstrup is a long time business owner in South Dakota and has served in the state legislature for nearly 2 decades. Committees he has served on include Commerce & Energy, and Judiciary. Al is a Republican and is seeking re-election to the state senate and would represent District 3, Brown County in northeast South Dakota. 

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Meet the Candidates: Bethany Soye

Oct 15, 2020
Bethany Soye

In The Moment … October 15, 2020 Show 921 Hour 2

Our Meet the Candidates segment gives voters a chance to hear from legislative candidates before the general election in November. We'll meet two Republican candidates today. Bethany Soye is a first-time candidate for the South Dakota Legislature. Soye is running for a seat in the House of Representatives in District 9. She's a resident of Sioux Falls and works in the banking industry.

  

Meet the Candidates: Richard Vasgaard

Oct 15, 2020
Richard Vasgaard

In The Moment … October 15, 2020 Show 921 Hour 2

Richard Vasgaard is a lifelong resident of Turner County. As a farmer he understands agriculture, as a parent he values education. If elected, he would promote rural roads and infrastructure while working to better our small towns and communities. Vasgaard is running for the House of Representatives in District 17.

Reporting on politics and public policy is supported by the Center for Western Studies at Augustana University

Meet the Candidates: Rick Stracqualursi

Oct 6, 2020
Rick Stracqualursi

In The Moment … October 6, 2020 Show 917 Hour 1

You can call this the home stretch. There are only 28 days remaining before the election and we still have a few candidates for the legislature that we'd like to introduce. Rick Stracqualursi is a Democratic candidate for the South Dakota House of Representatives in District 34. Health care, education and economic development are all part of his platform. 

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Meet the Candidates: Carl Perry

Oct 6, 2020
SDLRC

In The Moment … October 6, 2020 Show 917 Hour 1

Republican Carl Perry is seeking re-election to the South Dakota House of Representatives from District 3. Last session he was on the Commerce and Energy, Health & Human Services, and Retirement Laws committees. He joins us now as part of our Meet the Candidates series. 

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Meet the Candidates: Nichole Cauwels

Sep 28, 2020
Nichole Cauwels

In The Moment … September 28, 2020 Show 911 Hour 1

Democrat Nichole Cauwels says that state government has problems that are never going to be fixed by the same thinking that caused them. She's a mom, a small business owner, and would like your vote in November as a state senator to represent district 10. She joins us now as we continue to Meet the Candidates.

Meet the Candidates: George Nelson

Sep 24, 2020
George Nelson

In The Moment … September 24, 2020 Show 909 Hour 1

George Nelson is a candidate for the State Senate in District 34 which covers part of Rapid City. Nelson, a Democrat, is an attorney and business owner and, like many others, he's concerned about how the state decides to spend its federal COVID-19 dollars.

Meet the Candidates: Jordan Foos

Sep 24, 2020
Jordan Foos

In The Moment … September 24, 2020 Show 909 Hour 1

Democrat Jordan Foos is a candidate for state senate and would represent District 18. A lifelong South Dakotan, Jordan has called the greater Yankton area home now for nearly a decade.  If elected his priorities would be community building, serving the underserved, and sustainability. Jordan joins us now as we continue to Meet the Candidates.

Meet the Candidates: Mike Derby

Sep 23, 2020
Mike Derby

In The Moment … September 23, 2020 Show 907 Hour 2

We're less than six weeks away from the general election on November 3rd and we're still meeting our legislative candidates. Mike Derby is a Republican running for one of District 34's seats in the House of Representatives. District 34 includes part of Rapid City. Derby is a former legislator, serving three consecutive terms through 2002. He's also the past chairman of the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce. Business is a key issue for Derby, but first, let's Meet the Candidate. 

Meet the Candidates: Matt Rosburg

Sep 22, 2020
Matt Rosburg

In The Moment … September 22, 2020 Show 907 Hour 1

Matt Rosburg never saw himself getting involved in the political world. That changed 2 years ago when he noticed all of the uncontested one-party races for house and senate in South Dakota. He's a republican and would like your vote for state representative in District 15. He has been involved with a few non-profit political groups working on several issues and joins us now as part of our Meet the Candidate series.

Meet the Candidates: Sydney Davis

Sep 22, 2020
Sydney Davis

In The Moment … September 22, 2020 Show 907 Hour 1

Let's go to District 17 now, where Sydney Davis is a candidate for the South Dakota House of Representatives. Davis is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and she is also a fourth-generation cattle producer! She's running as a Republican.

Meet the Candidates: Thor Bardon

Sep 21, 2020
Thor Bardon

In The Moment … September 21, 2020 Show 906 Hour 2

Our Meet the Candidate series continues with Republican Thor Bardon. He is running for state senate in the South Dakota State Legislature and if elected would represent District 15 which is in Minnehaha county. His life experience includes being an aviation instructor and is a foster care advocate.

Meet the Candidates: Randy Gross

Sep 21, 2020
SDLRC

In The Moment … September 21, 2020 Show 906 Hour 2

Republican Randy Gross is seeking his second term in South Dakota's House of Representatives and would represent District 8. This past session he served on the Committee on Appropriations along with the Joint Committee on Appropriations. Randy says to understand his philosophy, you just need to know the state motto, Under God, The People Rule.

Meet the Candidates: Becky Drury

Sep 18, 2020
Becky Drury

In The Moment … September 18, 2020 Show 905 Hour 1

Becky Drury is in the midst of her first campaign for the South Dakota Legislature. Drury is a Republican from Rapid City where she has been a member of the Rapid City Common Council. She's running for a seat in the South Dakota House of Representatives in District 32.

 

Meet the Candidates: Michelle Hentschel

Sep 14, 2020
Michelle Hentschel

In The Moment … September 14, 2020 Show 901 Hour 1

For years, Michelle Hentschel has sat on the sidelines and watched how things in Pierre progressed. She is now hoping to make a difference by adding her name to the ballot to represent District 10 as a Democrat in the South Dakota State Legislature. Michelle has a background in finance and believes in being transparent and collaborative which she feels makes her a good candidate for the house of representatives. 

Meet the Candidates: Cole Heisey

Sep 14, 2020
Cole Heisey

In The Moment … September 14, 2020 Show 901 Hour 1

Our next candidate says that there is no true rest without hard work, and has come to value self-sufficiency and personal responsibility. Republican Cole Heisey wants to put those thoughts to work and is asking for your vote to the house of representatives in the South Dakota State Legislature in District 15. Cole is running because he wants to see his community, city, and state thrive, economically, and spiritually.

Meet the Candidates: Art Rusch

Sep 2, 2020
Art Rusch

In The Moment … September 2, 2020 Show 894 Hour 1

Senator Art Rusch opens today's Meet the Candidates segment. Rusch is an incumbent in District 17 which includes Clay and Turner Counties. A Republican, Rusch is a retired Circuit Judge and writer. Last month his campaign received the recommendation of the South Dakota Educators Political Involvement Committee (EPIC).

 

Meet the Candidates: Michael Calabrese

Sep 2, 2020
Michael Calabrese

In The Moment … September 2, 2020 Show 894 Hour 1

In his first run for public office, Michael Calabrese is running for the State Senate in District 32. Calabrese is running as a Democrat in the district that includes Rapid City's south side and central business district. Calabrese is a business owner and works in business development. 

 

Meet the Candidates: Mark Smith

Sep 1, 2020
Mark Smith

In The Moment … September 1, 2020 Show 893 Hour 1

We're just about two months away from the general election in November and we're continuing to meet candidates for the state legislature. Today we meet Mark Smith, a Democrat running for the House of Representatives in District 22. Smith was born and raised in Huron. He is currently retired. Smith is running as a team with John McEnelly, also a candidate for the State House in District 22 and you can read more about their campaigns at www.aprogressiveview422.com.

   

Meet the Candidates: Justin Roemmick

Sep 1, 2020
Justin Roemmick

In The Moment … September 1, 2020 Show 893 Hour 1

Justin Roemmick wants to build an economy that works for everybody and wants to help working people and families. These are a few of his goals if elected to the South Dakota State Legislature this fall. Justin is a democrat running for state representative and would represent District 3 in Brown County.

  

Meet the Candidates: Louise Snodgrass

Aug 31, 2020
Louise Snodgrass

In The Moment … August 31, 2020 Show 892 Hour 1

Louise Snodgrass values honesty, hard work, and togetherness. Those are all qualities she wants to bring to Pierre if elected to the state legislature in the house of representatives. She's a Democrat that would represent District 7. She joins us today as part of our Meet the Candidates series.

Meet the Candidates: Tom Cool

Aug 31, 2020
Tom Cool

In The Moment … August 31, 2020 Show 892 Hour 2

Democrat Tom Cool is passionate about education, health care, and infrastructure. He is retiring this fall after spending nearly 4 decades as Executive Director of the Council on College Admissions in South Dakota. He is running for state senate and hopes to represent District 11 in Pierre.

Meet the Candidates: Jade Addison

Aug 28, 2020
Jade Addison

In The Moment … August 28, 2020 Show 891 Hour 1

Jade Addison earned 13.2-percent of the vote when she ran for the South Dakota House of Representatives in District 29 as a Democrat two years ago. This year, Addison is running for the same position as an Independent. District 29 lies in Pennington, Meade and Butte Counties. Addison lives in Sturgis.

 

Meet the Candidates: Larry Zikmund

Aug 28, 2020
SDPB

In The Moment … August 28, 2020 Show 891 Hour 1

Republican Larry Zikmund is asking for your vote to the state senate. His dedication on statewide issues includes economic and workforce development. He believes that South Dakotans need to be brought together to find solutions for the state's challenges. If elected, he would represent District 14 which includes a portion of Minnehaha county.

 

Meet the Candidates: Jeff Barth

Aug 27, 2020
Jeff Barth

In The Moment … August 27, 2020 Show 890 Hour 1

Our Meet the Candidates series continues this morning and we begin with a candidate for the State House of Representatives from Sioux Falls.  Jeff Barth is a Minnehaha County Commissioner who plans to work with the Governor and the members of both parties so South Dakota can succeed. A Democrat, Barth would like to represent District 25 in Pierre.  District 25 lies within Minnehaha County.

Meet the Candidates: Caitlin Collier

Aug 27, 2020
SDPB

In The Moment … August 27, 2020 Show 890 Hour 1

Now we shift to District 17 where Caitlin Collier is a Democratic candidate for the South Dakota House of Representatives.  Collier is an attorney from Vermillion and she's concerned about the social issues that have come up in the last few legislative sessions.

Meet the Candidates: Jessica Castleberry

Aug 26, 2020
Jessica Castleberry

In The Moment … August 26, 2020 Show 889 Hour 1

We're about to check in with two more candidates for the South Dakota Legislature as part of SDPB's Meet the Candidates series. First, we travel to District 35 where Jessica Castleberry is an incumbent in the South Dakota House of Representatives. She was appointed to that position by Governor Kristi Noem on December 31st, 2019. Castleberry is a Republican from Rapid City.  As a small business owner, Castleberry won the Small Business Administration's South Dakota Woman Owned Small Business of the Year in 2018.

 

Meet the Candidates: Ailee Johns

Aug 25, 2020
Ailee Johns

In The Moment … August 25, 2020 Show 888 Hour 1

Ailee Johns is a first-time candidate from Vermillion. Johns is a Democrat running for the South Dakota Senate in District 17. The District includes Clay and Turner Counties in Southeastern South Dakota.

Meet the Candidates: Jack Kolbeck

Aug 25, 2020
Jack Kolbeck

In The Moment … August 25, 2020 Show 888 Hour 1

Republican Jack Kolbeck says his passion to serve comes from his family upbringing. Born in McCook county, Jack has been a businessman in Sioux Falls for over 4 decades. He is seeking your vote to the state legislature as a state senator this fall.

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