We have an opportunity here in South Dakota. An opportunity to do something that I believe will have a lasting impact. This November we have the chance to place a person in the Governor’s office that is truly committed to Faith, Family & Freedom. Electing Kristi Noem as Governor along with electing solid Representatives and Senators this November will put South Dakota in a position to make substantial progress.
Kristi has a track record that is worth studying. Throughout her years in public service she has been a champion on issues such as the sanctity of life, human trafficking and many others. This drive is shown by things like her score of 100% with National Right to Life. Her drive and passion is not something she “drummed up” in light of a Governor’s race, but rather has been a constant attribute of hers. In 2017, GovTrack ranked her the 15th Top Leader in the US House, and noted her voting record as 99%. (She only missed 7 of 710 votes). She also is not afraid to work across the aisle, which is attested by the fact that 9 of her 22 bills and resolutions in 2017 were co-sponsored by Democrats and Republicans.
In 2014 Family Heritage Alliance awarded her with the William Wilberforce Elected Leadership Award, and many who were at that Stand Banquet still remember her remarks: She explained her original desire to go to DC and make progress. To shake things up, and get things done. She explained to the audience that evening how frustrating the process in DC can be, and how she quickly found herself struggling to find a purpose and reason to keep fighting. Then one day she was working during hours when most of the offices are empty, and the cleaning staff began working their way through the offices. When a lady came to Kristi’s office to begin cleaning, she invited her inside and sat down with a cup of coffee to talk. After their conversation, the lady told her that in all her years cleaning for members of Congress, this was the first time anyone invited her into their office for a conversation. That evening at the banquet, Congresswoman Noem explained that she could easily see the impact she had just had on this lady’s life, and she began to see a greater purpose to her time in Washington. She told the crowd that yes, she is in DC to change policy and law, but there is a greater purpose that she was called to. A calling to be the light of Christ in her everyday actions, and that even on days when it seems like nothing is getting done she has the ability to make an impact. Stories like this illustrate the high caliber of Kristi Noem, a caliber that recently caused a Rapid City pastor to explain after a presentation of hers: “Mrs. Noem, I am a hard sell, and I must tell you that I am uniquely impressed. You have my support.” She speaks our language.
If you visit the Noem campaign website and begin looking at the policy proposals and goals, you will find the Family First Initiative. In this initiative she outlines her goals within the realm of family values. She promises to be a “family first” Governor who seeks to “strengthen the family unit and preserve the values South Dakota has long embraced.” The Family First Initiative includes commitments like defending the sanctity of life by placing an “unborn persons advocate” in the Governor’s office, actively pursuing legislation that protects unborn children, opposing Physician-Assisted-Suicide, and engaging top legal minds to litigate on behalf of these pursuits if necessary. In the plan she recognizes the gap in today’s parenting, and explains how she believes the gap is meant to be filled by parents, not more government. This includes strengthening parental rights through parental choice in education, whether that be public, private, or homeschool. She also commits to defending traditional family values in light of the threats posed by the federal government.
After looking at the track record Kristi has accumulated, realizing the caliber of candidate she is and studying her vision for the future of South Dakota, the choice becomes very clear. Kristi Noem should be the next Governor of South Dakota.
She speaks our language.