Originally Published Mon. Nov. 14, 2016 at 6:20 p.m. | Last update: Mon. Nov. 14, 2016 at 10:18 p.m.
Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) announced her bid to become the next governor of South Dakota.
“I plan to work hard, to push Conservative solutions and to make a difference. Not make a career out of Congress,” Noem said in her announcement bid.
After Noem serves this two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives, she plans to come back to South Dakota.
“I have both the business and the policy experience that we need in Pierre. Ready to work on day one,” Noem said.
Noem said her campaign won’t kick off officially until next year because “we all need a break from politics.”
Late Monday the South Dakota Democratic Party released a statement about Noem’s announcement.
“Today’s announcement is further evidence that Kristi Noem’s political career is more important to her than serving the people of South Dakota,” the statement said. “During the next two years, Democrats will hold Rep. Noem accountable for her lack of commitment to the position the people of South Dakota entrusted to her.” If elected, Noem would be the first female Governor of South Dakota.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will reach term limits in 2018. Terry Lee LaFleur, a Sioux Falls Republican, is the only other person who’s announced a bid for Governor.
Last week, Mark Mickelson announced he wouldn’t run.