Two candidates announce run for South Dakota’s U.S. House seat
DELL RAPIDS, S.D. (AP) — Two candidates have announced they’re going to run for the US House seat currently held by Republican Dusty Johnson.
The first is a financial crime specialist from Dell Rapids, Brian Wirth. Wirth is treasurer of the Minnehaha County Democratic Party. He lost to state Sen. Kris Langer in District 25 last year, a district he says is heavily gerrymandered in favor of Republicans.
The 36-year-old Wirth says he wants to bring attention to the problems of gerrymandering in his campaign. The Argus Leader says Wirth also wants to focus on Republicans’ tax increases and Democrats’ work to support health care and higher wages for residents.
Wirth works in fraud and financial crime detection and prevention at banking institutions.
The second candidate is from Custer — 32-year-old Whitney Raver.
She ran for the South Dakota House last year in District 30, finishing fourth in a four-person race.
Her Facebook page says she is a “business growth accelerator.”
Johnson, in his first term in Congress, hasn’t announced yet that’s he seeking re-election.