Likely U.S. Senate Candidate, Stace Nelson Visits Rapid City
Fulton State Representative, Stace Nelson addressed a crowd of supporters and curious voters at Rapid City's Wilson Park Monday night. Nelson, the sometimes polarizing but always passionate conservative lawmaker is considering a challenge of prohibitive Republican race favorite, former Governor, Mike Rounds in the GOP Primary.
Nelson who is quick to point out that he owns a Flex-fueled Ford F-150 pickup is traveling the state in his wife's more fuel efficient Ford Focus to save money. He says the contrast with Rounds' high dollar and well-monied campaign is obvious. Rounds at one point predicted that the winner of the 2014 U.S. Senate race might have to spend as much as $9-million.
"I'm a blue-collar, country boy from rural South Dakota," Nelson said. "I don't have friends with that kind of money. But what I can promise South Dakotans is that if they choose to send me to Washington, I will be someone of integrity, I will work hard to make sure their interests are protected and I will not be someone who is subverted by special interests."
State lawmaker Larry Rhoden of Union Center and Sioux Falls physician, Dr. Annette Bosworth have already thrown their hats into the ring.
On the democratic side, only Rick Weiland has announced his candidacy.