User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

 Winter Storm for March 2-3, 2015

Snow Outlook

Severe Weather

State Radar


Click here for local closings & delays

Send photos to ushare@keloland.com

Storm Center Update

 

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Politics

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

92-Year-Old Enjoyed State House Race

November 6, 2012, 6:35 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

92-Year-Old Enjoyed State House Race
WATERTOWN, SD -

Everyone in South Dakota had a pretty full ballot to fill out Election Day. But those in Watertown had one of the more unique races on theirs.

The District 5 South Dakota House of Representatives race, which had two available seats, had 92-year-old Dorothy Kellogg as a candidate.

Kellogg didn't intend to run. Democrats submitted her name to hold a place for another candidate. But a paperwork error caused them to miss the deadline to remove her name. So, the former legislator ran for office.

"I was going to be myself. I'm going to answer truthfully. I'm not going to put on any big stuff. I'm not going to spend a lot of money and that's what I've done," Kellogg said.

The assisted living center resident spent $116.16 on her campaign. She only ran one small newspaper ad twice. Her approach didn't cause her opponents, incumbent Republicans Melissa Magstadt and Roger Solum, to alter their campaigns.

"Meeting people and talking about the issues, talking about what we've been doing the last couple of years, talking about where we'd like to take it the next two years," Magstadt said.

And they still had their yard signs and other advertising in place as they had been planning for months.

The race was very clean. Of course, no candidate wants to be the one picking on grandma. But Solum says he would have expected that regardless of who was running for the office.

"I'd like to think we're better than that here. And I think that all of the candidates respect that. And so let's talk about the issues, who we are, what we've done, what we plan to do," Solum said.

Given her health, Kellogg wasn't sure on Election Day whether she'd be able to serve come session time. But she still hoped to win and said she doesn't regret the run for office.

"I don't know if I'll do it again. I'd rather doubt it. But I'm glad I did it this time," Kellogg said.

And if she changes her mind, the seat she's running for now would be up for grabs again when she's only 94 years old.

Since Kellogg was a legislator in the past, the candidates said this race had a feel of three incumbents running for two available seats.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View politics

You may also like

White House: President Has Vetoed Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Bill

2/24/2015 2:36 PM

White House notifies Senate that Obama has vetoed Keystone XL oil pipeline bill.

Full Story
Rosebud Tribe Wants Tax Payback For Tribal Members

2/24/2015 7:05 PM

Budget shortfalls are especially painful on Native American reservations in South Dakota, where unemployment and poverty rates rank high nationally. &...

Full Story | Watch
Obama Aide Calls Netanyahu Visit 'Destructive' To Relations

2/25/2015 6:31 AM

Susan Rice said on Tuesday that Netanyahu's decision to accept House Speaker John Boehner's invitation has injected partisanship into bil...

Full Story
Governors To Meet With Obama At The White House Monday

2/23/2015 6:34 AM

Many of the nation's Republican governors are blaming President Barack Obama for a budget standoff that threatens a potential Department of Homela...

Full Story
Panel Defeats Plan To Allowed Concealed Carry Without Permit

2/24/2015 6:30 PM

A state Senate panel has defeated a proposal that would allow people in South Dakota to carry a concealed pistol without a permit.     ...

Full Story


Events