Will Mortenson Announces Campaign To Run For District 24 House

(KCCR) — The 2020 election is just under one year away and at least one Pierre man is taking a swing at a seat in House of Representatives next fall. Fort Pierre estate planning and business attorney Will Mortenson held a campaign kick-off in Pierre Wednesday. He’s never run for office before, but is familiar with politics as a policy advisor to former Governor Dennis Daugaard; advising Daugaard on education, workforce and criminal justice…

“My name’s never appeared on a ballot before and I’ll tell you; it takes a whole new meaning to have it that way. I…it’s, kind of a terrifying experience to be honest with you. I just want to get out and make sure that I can put forth a good vision for what District 24 in our state can and should be. Getting that done is something I look forward to doing mostly by talking with people from District 24; connecting with them and getting their ideas of how to make it a little bit better place.”
Mortenson, a Republican, says he’s running because he feels invested in the Pierre/Fort Pierre area…

“It’s the only home I’ve ever known. I grew up here; I started a family and a career here and I want it to remain the same great place for my kids that it was for me and I want to be a candidate whose focused not just on 2020 but on 2030 and making sure that our state has opportunities for young people. That we stick to the values and traditions that have made us a great place and I thought the only way to do that is to get involved to make sure it’s true. We gotta build the world we want to see ourselves and I thought throwing my hat in the ring and getting these ideas out there anyway was the best way to do it.”
If elected, Mortenson says he has two areas he wants to look closely at…

“My bedrock two issues are education and agriculture. Growing up with a lot of both and I’ve seen how vitally important it is for young people to have a quality education; K-12 and an affordable education after that. Agriculture being our number one industry is a thing that we need to leverage you keep strong if the rest of our economy is going to be strong and so are you’ll see me big be a big advocate for education and agriculture if you send me to the Capitol.”
All three District 24 incumbents, Representatives Tim Rounds, Mary Duvall and Senator Jeff Monroe are term-limited from seeking seats in their current chamber.