Hawks Says State Democrats Would Benefit From Primary For US House Seat

(WNAX) — Despite their financial straits, the South Dakota Democratic Party expects to back candidates for the two statewide races next year. Party Chair Paula Hawks says they have some people interested in challenging incumbent republican Senator Mike Rounds…

“We’ve got a couple of people who are just waiting on their timing and…and when they’re ready to make their announcements, we’ll be there to support them.”

Two candidates are also looking at the US House seat. Brian Wirth of Dell Rapids has already announced his intent. Whitney Raver of Custer has also publicly said she is interested in the race. Hawks says a primary election campaign would be good for the candidates and the party…

“I think that a primary is a healthy thing anywhere and…and at any level because it helps with getting name recognition and engaging voters and getting people excited. And then you know, when you engage those Democratic voters in a primary and those Independent voters in a primary you’re getting people to talk and you’re getting them to ask questions and you’re getting those candidates some recognition across the state so I think a primary is a healthy thing.”

The party recently closed offices in Sioux Falls and Rapid City after an FEC audit found questionable fundraising and spending.