Information, observations, and analysis from the James River valley on the Northern Plains-----
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Jack Billion <--------------------------------------------------------------------> Dennis Wiese
This week is a great opportunity to meet South Dakota's next governor. Both Democratic candidates will in Brown County for events Thursday and Friday that are open to the public and provide a chance to hear the men present their cases and their campaigns and provide a chance for people to meet them personally. Jack Billion and Dennis Wiese have agreed to appear together and begin an informative and constructive discussion and analysis of the issues that confront (and in some cases plague) South Dakota.
Thursday's April meeting of the Brown County Democrats will be at 6 p.m. at Tacoma Park Place. It is located on County Highway 13 about 15 miles east of Aberdeen near the James River. Its address is 39849 127th St.
The meeting is important because the membership needs to authorize the payment of some bills and spending money on updated voter lists for Districts 2 and 3. However, it will be short, and at 7 p.m. a reception will be held for the candidates. Tacoma Park Place has a lovely view of the James River Valley and some of the richest farmland in the state. The candidates will be working in one of the loveliest East River Settings, and people will have the chance to greet spring as it brings its lushness to the valley.
On Friday, the candidates will appear at the Dollar-A-Month Club at the Pizza Ranch in Aberdeen. In addition to some updates from congressional offices, county officials, and candidates, the men will be provided a half hour each to address the gathering. While the meeting is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., people will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions and visit at the end of the meeting.
The buffet is $8, $6 for seniors. Those on stringent diets can grab a coke or coffee and make a small donation to the kitty. Or not.
The issues in the campaign this year, both national and state, indicate the need for a different kind of leadership, if America is to survive as the land of freedom, equality, opportunity, and equal justice under the law. Both candidates have remarkable credentials in dealing with social issues.
Jack Billion is a retired orthopedic surgeon from Sioux Falls. He also served in the state legislature and is currently chair of the Minnehaha County Democrats.
Dennis Wiese was president of the South Dakota Farmers Union for 12 years, providing cooperative services and lobbying for farmers in the Statehouse. He is currently heading an economic venture organization.
Come and help save South Dakota and learn how to get it done.