Governor candidates address transparency in South Dakota government

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After years of concern for transparency in government, our candidates for governor say they plan to address the issue.

Gubernatorial candidates Billie Sutton and Kristi Noem both believe in an open and honest governor but have different options on how to achieve that goal.

Representative Kristi Noem won the republican seat for governor after the June primary and says taxpayers have the right to know where their money goes, especially in regards to state lawsuits.

Billie Sutton will run against Noem as a democrat and feels transparency is a bi-partisan issue in which he has worked across the aisle to address in the State Senate.

"We need a more open, accountable, and transparent government. I've actually brought legislation to do that to keep fiscal records for a longer period of time. To open up state government emails and those kinds of things. I have a record of doing that and that's what I'm going to do as governor. I'm going to fight for an open, transparent, and accountable government," Billie Sutton said.

"Being transparent. Making sure that all public meetings and agendas are posted, that they're streamlined so folks even at their homes know what is being discussed and decided at the state level is very important. Also I'll suggest that each of these local districts and cities and towns do that as well," Kristi Noem said.

The 2018 South Dakota gubernatorial election will take place on November 6.