Weiland adds 50 unincorporated towns to statewide tour
December 26. 2013 9:35AM
Sioux Falls businessman and Democratic candidate for Senate, Rick Weiland, announced that he is expanding his tour of South Dakota's 311 towns to include an additional 50 unincorporated towns.
“Unincorporated towns are to South Dakota what South Dakota is to the nation. They may be small, but they and the opinions and ideas of their citizens matter,” Weiland said last week in Rowena, the 246th stop on his statewide tour.
“When I first got into this race, I pledged to visit every town in South Dakota. Some folks didn’t believe me. And quite a few folks, including sometimes myself, probably thought I was nuts. But 246 towns and six months later, nobody is saying that anymore. They can see exactly the same thing I can now see, that going out and talking with people, listening, and thinking, and learning with them, is the way to go.
So far as I am concerned,” Weiland said, “this kind of ‘back to the future’ campaign is proving what we should never have forgotten, that respecting people by going to them and asking them for their vote is better, both for them, and for the candidate, than trying to buy their vote on TV.”
“That is why I am proud to announce that I am adding an additional 50 unincorporated towns to our statewide tour,” Weiland said. “Hopefully it will be above zero when I visit at least a few of them,” he joked. “And if it were warmer than the balmy 25 degrees we had in Lennox that would be even better,” he added.
“It is disgraceful that people in some of the towns I have visited tell me they haven’t seen a candidate in decades. They are angry that politicians are serving the interests of the billionaires and special interests who fund their campaigns. ‘What do you expect,’ they tell me, ‘of people who spend all their time raising money from rich non-South Dakotans and can’t even be bothered to come out here one single time to talk with us.'’
“South Dakotans know they aren’t getting a fair shake when, no matter how hard they work, and many are working themselves to the bone, they can’t get ahead.
Meanwhile, they see billionaires getting richer and richer, then having the gall to complain about having to pay the same tax rate as every day South Dakotans,” Weiland concluded.
Last Tuesday, Weiland visited 11 additional towns: Colton, Lyons, Crooks, Renner, Ellis, Chancellor, Lennox, Harrisburg, Rowena, Ben Clare and Booge.