“South Dakota’s had a lot of good governors. Kristi has the potential to be a great governor.”
Rapid City, S.D. – West River ranchers today endorsed Kristi Noem for Governor in a new web video. The video features Kalie and Conrad Kjerstad, who farm near Wall, as well as Union Center rancher Larry Rhoden, who serves as the Majority Whip in the state House, and his wife Sandy. A lifelong farmer and rancher, Noem grew up in rural Hamlin County. After her dad died in a grain bin accident, Noem put her pursuit of a college degree on hold, returned to the farm and ranch full-time, and helped stabilize the operation. Noem was named the South Dakota Outstanding Young Farmer in 1997.
“She’s a rancher, farmer, mom and wife,” said Sandy Rhoden. “She can’t fake that. I think that’s very exciting to think about having a governor who has those characteristics.”
“It would be great to have someone in the governor’s office that has done farming and ranching, because they know what the struggles are like and know what needs to be implemented to help them out,” said Kalie Kjerstad.
“It’s kind of nice to have someone with that kind of experience to relate to,” said Conrad Kjerstad. “She sure seems she’d have a great voice for agriculture that would affect everybody.”
“She has the understanding of what it takes to make a living – an understanding of the negative impact of government regulations on small businesses and agriculture,” said Larry Rhoden. “I think we’ve had a string of good governors in our state. I think Kristi has the potential to be a great governor.”
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