RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - With Kristi Noem running for Governor of South Dakota her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives will become vacant. Three Republican candidates have entered their name in the race to become the Republican candidate on the ballot in November to take her place.
One will emerge from the South Dakota primary on June 5th.
Neal Tapio is a State Senator from Watertown, Shantel Krebs is the Secretary of State for South Dakota and Dusty Johnson is a former Public utility commissioner.
They're all seeking the Republican nomination for South Dakota's lone seat in the U.S. House.
All three were in Rapid City on May 16th for a candidate forum put on by the South Dakota chapter of Americans for Prosperity.
Neal Tapio says, 'I'm a small business owner and an entrepreneur. I've got a lot of experience dealing with complex problems in the private sector, as well as I'm a state Senator. I think the stack of skills I bring to the table is in line with the problems and size of the problems we have today."
Shantel Krebs says, ' Clearly life's experiences. In this race, I'm the only candidate in this race that has an agricultural background. I'm the only one in this race that has signed both sides of the paycheck. I used to own two businesses in downtown Sioux Falls and I understand those challenges that our small business owners are facing on a day to day basis. And I'm the only one in this race that has turned around a failing bureaucratic office.'
Dusty Johnson says, ' I think when you look at Washington D.C.you realize that there are lots of problems that we are probably making more difficult then they should be to solve. I think what we need is people with a can-do attitude we need people who are result focused people who will bring conservative values, South Dakota values to Washington, but people who don't feel the need to throw a tantrum every day.'
The winner of the Republican primary will then face off against Tim Bjorkman in the general election