The race for the Republican nomination for the 2014 U.S. Senate race is getting crowded.
Sioux Falls Doctor Annette Bosworth made her candidacy official Tuesday. The 41-year-old physician will campaign against former Governor Mike Rounds and state Senator Larry Rhoden in next June's primary.
Bosworth has been in and out of the headlines the past several months while fighting to keep her medical license for employing an assistant without the proper agreements in place. But Bosworth believes those experiences have made her battle tested and she is touting her career as a physician as an asset for her candidacy.
"We must take this country back from the politicians who do not serve in our communities and who are disconnected with our needs," Bosworth said.
Bosworth made the announcement in the back end of a pick-up truck at her family's farm in Plankinton. Bosworth says she's running for U.S. Senate because she wants to change Washington.
"I will lead the fight to repeal and replace Obamacare," Bosworth announced.
Bosworth is an independent physician in Sioux Falls and says she wants the government to stay out of the doctor's office.
"The patient and I, I don't know how to get from here to there. There's three feet between us but the policies and the politicians and the people who have put their vested interest and money that trades from my decision to my patient, they are the ones benefiting," Bosworth said.
Bosworth said she is pro-life and agrees with the recent move by the U.S. House of Representatives to separate the food stamp program from the main farm bill to get the legislation passed.
"The recent decision to split the two was a good answer. You bundle these programs under a nice title and hide these earmarks, or the programs that politicians say cannot stand on their own, that needs to stop," Bosworth said.
Bosworth is also pledging not to raise taxes.
But she says the thing that separates her from the other two candidates in the race is that she has never held political office.
"I have the drive and the ambition of a Gen-Xer, a business owner, an educated South Dakotan who has lived in the mess that needs to be changed with the vigor and fire I have not seen from a politician," Bosworth said.
On Monday, state Senator Larry Rhoden announced he has also taken the Grover Norquist pledge not to raise taxes.
Rounds has not taken the pledge. His campaign told KELOLAND News Tuesday that the former governor in no way wants to raise taxes but he doesn't make pledges to special interests, adding that the pledge does not fix the spending problem in Washington.