The race for the open U.S. Senate seat in South Dakota now has one more Republican in the mix, but for Stace Nelson, it is a race he would rather stay out of.
"I'm going to tell you right now, I have no desire to run for the U.S. Senate, none whatsoever," U.S. Senate candidate Stace Nelson said.
Stace Nelson officially announces his candidacy in Alexandria, even after saying he does not want to run. He says he is in the race out of obligation to the people of South Dakota.
"We have to bring public servants, citizen legislators back to those hallways, back to representing you. Not special interests, not D.C. Interests, but you," Nelson said.
Nelson touts his strong conservative record in his three years in Pierre, a record that resonates with many of his voters.
"We support Stace because he supports South Dakota Shared Parenting. We both believe that kids need both of their parents in their lives and he's been a big advocate for our group," supporter Darcy Scheetz said.
While not mentioning any of the other candidates for the seat by name, it did not take long for Nelson to go on the offensive.
"One of these candidates has flip-flopped so many times on immigration, on taxing and spending, on everything, that I don't even think they know where they stand on the issues," Nelson said.
As Nelson begins his race for the U.S. Senate seat, he enters an already packed field. Yet, those who support him believe he is the candidate that stands for the traditional Republican platform.
"I trust that he will take the Constitution seriously and fight hard to uphold the laws that are in our Constitution," supporter Shamra Johnson said.
Before finishing his speech in the town he calls home, he leaves one thought to his supporters.
"Send me. I will serve you, and I will fight to restore our government to be the honorable institution our founding fathers envisioned and for which you deserve," Nelson said.
Along with Nelson, the race for the open South Dakota U.S. Senate seat includes former Governor Mike Rounds, state Senator Larry Rhoden and Dr. Annette Bosworth.