Former State Lawmaker Liz May To Challenge Johnson For U-S House Seat

(WNAX) — It appears that South Dakota republicans will have a primary race for the states lone Congressional seat.   Former legislators Liz May of Kyle announced her intentions at the Black Hills Stock Show last week. She says the state needs better representation…

“I just feel like that we need…we need a strong voice out there for agriculture. I just…the frustration as a rancher, you know, my friends and family and the community and you know it’s just…it’s just been a rough go and I just really don’t feel like we’ve got a really strong voice out there and…and I think we need that.”

Incumbent Congressman Dusty Johnson has not officially announced he will run for reelection but has been raising money for several months. May says she has had a lot of Encouragement…

“I was just encouraged, you know, by a lot of people across the whole state of South Dakota want me to get in and…and be a voice and so I think…I think that you can’t have good representation I guess, if…if you’re not willing to throw your name in the hat and…and have your voice heard.”

May says she can run and not split the party…

“As my time as a state legislator, I always told people, you know, if…if I disagree with you, I’m disagreeing with you on a policy, I’m not disagreeing with you from a personally standpoint. I …I can honestly say, you know, that’s who I am. I…I…I’m going to debate you and…and it’s gonna be a strong debate, but it will never be personal. I…I don’t, I just don’t conduct myself that way.”

Johnson is in his first term in Congress. May served two terms in the state House but was defeated last year.