What I Stand For

BIPARTISAN LEADERSHIP


My family is deeply saddened by the division in race and government that we see running rampant in our country today.  We are at a crossroads.  It is time to make the choice to continue in this direction or turn the tide.  It is time to treat one another with respect and dignity regardless of race or political party. As South Dakotans, we live by a higher standard and our conduct and speech should represent that fact.

LIFE AND LIBERTY


I believe in the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.  I also believe that every man and woman are created equal in the eyes of God.  I advocate personal responsibility both fiscally and morally in order to ensure a solid future for the upcoming generations of our great state.

LIMITED GOVERNMENT


In the words of Abraham Lincoln:  “The government should do for the people only what   they cannot do better by themselves and no more.”  I believe in that approach to government.  Our government was not established to control and run the day-to-day operations of individuals or businesses.  Individual and private sources should be encouraged to find solutions to societal issues and problems.
   
FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY


Government authorities have a fiscal responsibility to the people they serve to reduce waste and rein in spending.  As a small business owner, it is a matter of survival to not spend more than you take in.  Common sense as well as accountability and transparency are crucial to maintaining control of the state’s budget.

GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE


Our state motto is:  “Under God, the people rule.”  Every citizen of SD should have easy access to decisions being made in and for our state.  Accordingly, transparency is paramount at all levels of government.  

EDUCATION


The future of our great states lies in the hands of the next generations.  To ensure a bright and prosperous future, education is paramount.  We must make sure that our funding and curriculum are adequate to meet the high standards our future will demand.