Daugaard announces re-election bid for governor
March 26. 2014 9:18AM
Gov. Dennis Daugaard launched his re-election bid March 25, announcing his run for another four-year term in a sweep of the state that started in Sioux Falls.
Joining him on the campaign trail are Lt. Gov. Matt Michels, who Daugaard named as his running mate.
The announcement, which came on the final day for state candidates to file nominating petitions before the June primary, was not a surprise, and Daugaard joked to a packed room at the Holiday Inn City Centre that there was “great suspense” about why they were gathering.
When he entered office in 2011, the state faced a $127 million shortfall. Daugaard credited his administration and the Legislature for cutting state government by an equivalent of 10 percent in order to balance the budget.
“I cut the cabinet, and I cut the staff and every agency of South Dakota,” he said.
Daugaard will face a primary challenge from former state lawmaker Lora Hubbel. There are also two Democrats vying for the office: Joe Lowe, a former state wildfire chief, and Rep. Susan Wismer.