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RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Pennington County Democrats hosted a mixer with Democratic candidates in Fast Metropolis on Saturday. Native candidates for State Home and Senate had been in attendance, together with candidates for statewide workplace.

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State Home Candidate David Hubbard (second from left), State Senate Candidate Nicole Heenan (middle), Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jamie Smith (second from proper), and SD Democratic Occasion Chair Randy Seiler (far proper), pose for an image throughout a mixer in Fast Metropolis on September 17, 2022 (Darsha Nelson, NewsCenter1)

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jamie Smith (proper) smiles as a voter exhibits off his marketing campaign gear (Darsha Nelson, NewsCenter1)

Whereas addressing voters, Smith mentioned, “The primary factor folks need from a governor is somebody that cares about them, somebody that’s caring however who cares what their points are…and just about these points don’t have anything to do with what our governor is presently doing.”

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John Cunningham, candidate for S.D. State Treasurer (left), and David Hubbard, candidate for S.D. State Home (proper), chat through the Pennington County Democrats Mixer on September 17, 2022 (Darsha Nelson, NewsCenter1)

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A number of dozen folks gathered at The Storage in downtown Fast Metropolis to satisfy and chat with native state Home and Senate candidates and people working for state-wide workplace (Darsha Nelson, NewsCenter1)

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U.S. Senate candidate Brian Bengs is working in opposition to incumbent Senator John Thune (Darsha Nelson, NewsCenter1)

Bengs mentioned he enjoys conversing with people who have reverse political beliefs, as a result of there’s at all times frequent floor. In accordance with Bengs, one of the crucial frequent shared sentiments is that “democracy isn’t working for normal of us.” He agreed, and mentioned it’s as a result of democracy is “purchased and paid for,” one thing he needs to alter.

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S.D. Democratic Occasion Govt Director Berk Ehrmantraut addressed the gang in Fast Metropolis on Saturday, encouraging everybody to get out and vote (Darsha Nelson, NewsCenter1)

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S.D. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jamie Smith (far proper) addresses a crowd of native candidates and voters through the Pennington County Democrats mixer on Saturday, September 17, 2022 (Darsha Nelson, NewsCenter1)

Jamie Smith talked about Governor Kristi Noem’s moral investigation, saying, “A governor ought to by no means use their energy for their very own private acquire, and Jamie Smith received’t do this.” Smith joked that his sons each know they “received’t be getting a job in Pierre from dad,” a knock at earlier State employment held by Governor Noem’s daughter, Kassidy Peters.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jamie Smith (left) jokes with Judy Duhamel (proper), a former state senator and State Board of Training member (Darsha Nelson, NewsCenter1)

Smith additionally pushed in opposition to the present local weather of the South Dakota training system. “It’s best to really feel uncomfortable while you educate about slavery. It’s best to really feel uncomfortable while you educate in regards to the bloodbath at Wounded Knee, which might make you are feeling a bit bit uncomfortable – possibly loads uncomfortable. It’s true that in discomfort we modify; it’s true that’s how we be taught – and I need academics to have the ability to change lives.”

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Native candidates for workplace pose for an image following the mixer, (from left to proper): Jay Shultz, candidate for State Senate; Christine Stephenson, candidate for State Home; David Hubbard, candidate for State Home; John Cunningham, candidate for State Treasurer; Brian Bengs, candidate for U.S. Senate; Jamie Smith, candidate for Governor; Tom Cool, candidate for S.D. Secretary of State; Darla Drew, candidate for State Home; Nicole Heenan, candidate for State Senate; and Vince Vidal, candidate for State Home (Darsha Nelson, NewsCenter1)

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S.D. gubernatorial candidate Jamie Smith talks with voters throughout a mixer hosted by the Pennington County Democrats on September 17, 2022 (Darsha Nelson, NewsCenter1)

Smith additionally centered on tribal relations, joking about an interplay with Oglala Sioux Tribe President Kevin Killer the place, when Smith requested what the tribe wanted in a governor, Killer allegedly responded, “simply don’t get banned.” The remark references the 2019 banning of Governor Noem from the Oglala Sioux Tribe Reservation by then-President Julian Bear Runner after she confirmed assist for 2 pipeline payments handed throughout that legislative session. Noem had solely taken workplace a couple of months prior.

“If in case you have ever been made to really feel unwelcome within the State of South Dakota, you might be welcome within the State of South Dakota, and Jamie Smith will just be sure you know you’re welcome within the State of South Dakota. Folks on this state must know that regardless of the place you come from, it doesn’t matter what a part of the state, regardless of your faith, it doesn’t matter what you might be, who you like…any of these issues…the colour of your pores and skin, it’s essential to know that they’re the material of the State of South Dakota.”

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