District 25 candidates to share views at Oct. 16 forum in Brandon
October 09. 2012 1:38PM
Six South Dakota legislative candidates will be in the spotlight next week at a forum jointly sponsored by the Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, Brandon Valley Challenger and Sunny Radio.
The forum, scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start on Tuesday, Oct. 16, will be held in the Brandon City Council Chambers at 308 Main Ave. It is open to the public.
That night, District 25 candidates will participate in a question-and-answer forum. Questions are being prepared by the Chamber’s Issues Management Committee, and the voting public is also invited to submit questions. Questions may be submitted the night of the forum or in advance by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com no later than Friday, Oct. 12.
Candidates seeking the lone Senate seat to represent District 25, which encompasses Valley Springs, Garretson, Dell Rapids and Baltic are incumbent Tim Rave (R-Baltic) and challenger Dan Ahlers (D-Dell Rapids.
Four candidates are seeking one of two open seats in House of Representatives. They are incumbent Jon Hansen (R-Dell Rapids), Scott Ecklud (R-Brandon), Janelle Smedsrud (D-Sioux Falls) and Bill Laird (D-Sioux Falls).
The Chamber, Challenger and Sunny Radio will also host a similar forum for District 10 legislative candidates on Thursday, Oct. 25.
In the Nov. 6 General Election, Brandon Valley voters will choose six people to represent two separate districts in Pierre. The Brandon Valley School District will now be represented by Districts 10 and 25. Previously, the school district was represented only by District 10. Changes to the state’s legislative districts are required every decade to adjust for the state's population shift.
Valley Springs, previously in District 10, is now in District 25, which also includes Garretson, Dell Rapids and Baltic. The city of Brandon continues to be in District 10.
Thirty-five seats are available in the state Legislature, which serve two-year terms.