Noem tags West River's Rhoden for GOP ticket

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Republican Kristi Noem is turning West River for her running mate in the race to become South Dakota's next governor.

Noem made the announcement Wednesday, going with Union Center rancher and State Representative Larry Rhoden to be on the ticket with her as lieutenant governor.

Noem defeated South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley in the South Dakota primary a little more than two weeks ago to earn the Republican spot on the November ballot.
In a release, Noem called Rhoden plain spoken, direct and honest and says that's why she trusts him and that's why she chose him to serve as lieutenant governor.

Rhoden says, ' Kristi and I have gotten to know each other over a number of years now and we think a lot a like. She holds a lot of the same conservative values that I hold dear, faith, families, our background. So I think she wanted somebody that could help move an agenda forward. She's presented a pretty strong platform and agenda for the state. I think she wanted someone with a little grit in his craw and could help move that agenda forward."

Democrat Billie Sutton is his party's candidate and he picked Sioux Falls businesswoman Michelle Lavallee as his running mate last week.