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Republican Race For Governor

March 25, 2014, 6:11 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Republican Race For Governor

Governor Dennis Daugaard is touring the state Tuesday, announcing his plans to run for re-election.  We also found out he's officially going to face some competition in the Republican primary.

"Today I am officially announcing my candidacy for a second term as governor of South Dakota," Daugaard said. 

Governor Dennis Daugaard thanked his supporters and family during his re-election announcement. But Daugaard won't be the only Republican in the race.

Lora Hubbel's petition was also approved by the Secretary of State.

"I am excited. I am excited to get the message out. I'm excited for a debate. I'm not a good debater, but the information I have I think is so important that it has to get out, whether I said it or not," Hubbel said. 

During Daugaard's speech, he talked about his work freezing state college tuition costs and cutting the state's debt.

"With the courageous legislature, we cut state spending by 10 percent. I cut my own salary by 15 percent. I cut the cabinet and cut the staff, and every agency of state government," Daugaard said. 

Daugaard also talked about his efforts to bring more jobs to the state.

Hubbel says health care, education and jobs are some things she'd like to see changed in the state.

"The governor and the government should not be in business. The government should be the referee. Make sure there's a level playing field. They shouldn't don a jersey and carry a ball for one team at the expense of somebody else," Hubbel said.

Both Hubbel and Daugaard are asking the voters to think hard about the future of the state when voting later this year.

"I'm for them. I'm not for a little group of people to get them rich, to get them perks.  I'm for everybody," Hubbel said. 

"It is not pre-ordained that South Dakota will always be strong or prosperous or free. It is the obligation of every generation to secure the blessings for the generation to come," Daugaard said.

You can read more about Hubbel and Daugaard on their respective websites. 

There are two Democrats battling to run for governor as well.  Former state Wild Land Fire Suppression Director and Rapid City business owner Joe Lowe and State Representative Susan Wismer of Britton will be on the primary ballot.  The primary election is June 3.

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