Candidates use a grassroots approach for U.S. Senate race
Both Stace Nelson and Rick Weiland visited the Black Hills over the weekend, reinforcing the grassroots, road trip campaign style that both hope gets them elected.
Shaking hands and speaking with supporters, two candidates in the U.S. Senate race made appearances in the Black Hills over the weekend. The lone democratic candidate Rick Weiland and State Representative Stace Nelson visitedRapid City.
Nelson made his campaign and Senate run official on Sunday. He held two different receptions in the state that day.
Each of these two candidates are running for different reasons. Weiland wants big money out of government if he’s elected and Nelson pledges to be the true conservative voice for the South Dakota GOP and for voters.
The thing they agree on is the grass roots campaign approach. Both are hoping that by putting the miles on the road, they will be elected next year.
"I think there is nothing that can take the place of looking voters in the eye, speaking from your heart, and tell them why you're running,” Weiland said. “And then asking them, you know, what they want their next member in the United States Senate to be saying."
“Not a lot of folks know my name, from what I've seen just these last couple weeks in my exploratory committee,” Nelson said. “South Dakotans are hungry for a public servant, they're hungry for an honest person to run and serve them in there elected offices."
While the U.S. Senate hopefuls put in the time, supporters understand the sacrifice they make to be able to look voters in the eyes. Tonchi Weaver, a South Dakota voter, appreciates that.
"Well let's face it, this state is geographically a challenge, but it shows his determination to be in touch with people from all corners of our state,” Weaver said of Stace Nelson on Sunday.