McIntyre, Olson, and Diedrich run for Republican House nomination in District 34

Published: May. 16, 2018 at 5:47 PM MDT
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The South Dakota Primary is in just a few weeks with plenty of state legislative races on the ballot.

Jess Olson, Michael Diedrich, and Janette McIntyre are looking to win the Republican House nomination for District 34.

Jess Olson is a 4th generation South Dakotan who's spent the last 20 years involved in community volunteer work.

Michael Diedrich is a Rapid City native who's served on multiple boards from the Canyon Lake Little League to the Minneluzahan Senior Citizen Center.

Janette Mcintyre was born and raised in Rapid working with utilities, the Black Hills Home Builders, and Carnival Cruiseline.

Each candidate says there are key issues they'd like to address if elected to the State House.

Jessica Olson says, "My priorities are fiscal leadership and supporting businesses as well as workforce development so those are some of they key pieces that I want to look at. We've done a good job in South Dakota of being number one in business and I want to make sure we stay that way. And I also want to make sure we balance our budget."

Michael Diedrich says, "Education is a really important issue. We need to maintain local control. We need to utilize efficiencies in the operation side of providing education so that would mean looking at savings through maybe a state-wide buying power. I would look at maybe sharing some of the administrative services that are common throughout all of our school districts and take those savings and put them into technology resources."

Janette McIntyre says, "I think right now there's a little bit of a divide within the Republican party and I would like to be a part of maybe mending that divide. Some people are seen as very extreme and others are seen very liberal. So the Republican party right now has what I would consider two kind of factions."

The winner of the primary will face Democrat George Nelson in November's General Election.