Dusty Johnson and Liz Marty May begin primary campaign for U.S. House seat
The Republican incumbent and his GOP challenger were both in Rapid City to make their candidacy known for the Republican primary.
Dusty Johnson announced at the Hotel Alex Johnson on Wednesday that he’s running for re-election to the U.S. House, while his challenger Liz Marty May says Johnson’s not doing enough for the ranching industry.
“It’s important for me to get back out here, as I do every few weeks and just tell people thank you, and let them know the campaign started here,” said Rep. Johnson, “The campaign is headquartered here, thhe campaign is going to be about this area.”
Former state lawmaker Liz Marty May announced during the Black Hills Stock Show that she would run against Johnson in the Republican primary.
She’s a rancher from Kyle, and believes West River ranchers are being under-served by Johnson in Washington.
“Representative Johnson, nothing against him, I think he’s a fine young guy. I think he has a lot of good ideas” said Liz Marty May to NewsCenter1, “It’s hard to be able to tell the story, make sure the story gets told in a way that people understand it, without having the life experiences of living it.”
May, who served in Pierre for six years, says she never had the inclination to run for congress until fellow ranchers approached her to tell their story in Washington.
May says she’s not sure the new USMCA and trade agreements will do anything to change the plight of ranchers and farmers, and that family businesses are in danger of being swallowed up by large foreign interests.
“I don’t want to have to rely on foreign countries for my food,” continued May, “This country was founded on agriculture. I’m very confident in the ability of these ranchers and farmers, on whether it be our dairy or our pork, to be produce the best in the world. But with the current trade agreements, all that is being threatened.”
Johnson, for his part, says he’s been visiting rural areas around the state, and is well aware of the plight of the ag community.
“I mean, I grew up in Fort Pierre and Pierre. I’m not a big city guy,” said Rep. Johnson, “We want to make sure that we continue to have economic opportunities throughout South Dakota. As much of we want Rapid City and Sioux Falls to do well, we also want to make sure that people in all the miles between those two cities also have an opportunity to make a great living.”
The Republican primary is June 2nd.