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Join us and fellow Democrats for our first annual Buffalo Round-Up Dinner on September 26th at 7:00 PM at the Historic Alex Johnson Hotel in Downtown Rapid City.  

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First Annual Democratic Buffalo Round-Up Dinner

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First Annual Buffalo Round-Up Dinner

Join us and fellow Democrats for our first annual Buffalo Round-Up Dinner with special guest speakers: Rep. Paula Hawks (U.S. House Candidate), Rep. Kevin Killer (District 27), and The Cowboy Caucus: Sen. Jason Frerichs (District 1), Sen. Billie Sutton (District 21), and Sen. Troy Heinert (District 26).

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Saturday, September 26, 2015
Historic Alex Johnson Hotel
523 6th St.
Rapid City, SD 57701
(MAP)
VIP Reception – 6:00 PM (For all Founders Club & Builder’s Club members and those joining at the event) Joe Lowe’s Reflections Art Gallery; 605 Main St. Downtown Rapid City

Buffalo Round-Up Dinner – 7:00 PM, Historic Alex Johnson Hotel

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South Dakota Democrat Legislators Call for Increased Teacher Pay at Blue Ribbon Task Force Meeting

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Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 19, 2015

South Dakota Democrat Legislators Call for Increased Teacher Pay at South Dakota Blue Ribbon Task Force Meeting

Pierre, SD (August 19, 2015)- Democrat Members of the South Dakota Legislature highlighted the importance of increasing teacher pay in South Dakota at Wednesday’s Blue Ribbon Task Force Meeting in Pierre. Democrat Legislators on the Task Force, Representative Paula Hawks of Hartford, Senator Troy Heinert of Mission, and Senator Billie Sutton of Burke, called on other Legislators to recognize the impact low teacher salaries have on education in South Dakota and South Dakota’s teacher shortage.

At Wednesday’s meeting, statistical data was provided showing that public sentiment in South Dakota supports the increase in teacher pay advocated for by South Dakota Democrats long before the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force was established. Senator Billie Sutton presented Task Force members with survey results showing 77 percent of South Dakota voters believe South Dakota teachers are doing an excellent or good job and 79 percent of South Dakota voters believe teacher pay in South Dakota public schools is inadequate. Senator Sutton says, “The voters agree; teacher pay is falling far short.  We have an obligation to support our schools, teachers and, most importantly, support our students.  Every student needs a great classroom teacher and many will not have that if South Dakota fails to address the issue of pay.”

Representative Paula Hawks, a former teacher and mother of three, says, “South Dakota cannot continue to attract and retain quality teachers to educate our children when our teacher pay ranks last in the Nation. When our teachers suffer, our children suffer. And when our children suffer, our entire State suffers. South Dakota can do better than this, and I am hopeful that the efforts of the Task Force will result in solutions, not just more empty promises to educators and our children.”

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We’re Hiring!

Position Title: Field & Data Director

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

Application Due: August 27th

Interested parties should send a cover letter and resume to chair@sddp.org

Please list Field and Date Director in the Subject Line.

The South Dakota Democratic Party is seeking a Field & Data Director. This position will collaborate with other staff in creating and implementing a strategic plan, which accomplishes the election of Democrats at all levels of the South Dakota ballot. An ideal candidate is highly organized, detail-oriented and a responsible self-starter who has proven leadership and management skills. Salary is commensurate with experience


RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
-Developing and refining vote goals used to inform the construction of a campaign program.
-Assisting in the recruitment of legislative candidates.
-Offering support and training to legislative candidates throughout their campaigns.
-Providing support and training to county party officers and activists.
-Working with the candidate campaigns to identify geographic and voter-specific targets.
-Assessing the state of voter file data and making recommendations as to which additional polling and modeling projects and lists are needed.
-Working on an ongoing basis with the State Central Committee and Executive Board.
-Organizing and supporting High School and College Democrat groups.
-Developing volunteer mobilization and voter contact reporting tools

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS:
-Ability to construct and execute training programs
-Experience in recruitment of volunteers
-Experience in working with minority groups or caucuses
-At least 2 cycles of campaign experience, preferably in Congressional and legislative races
-Demonstrated data analysis and writing skills.
-Ability to plan and manage time sensitive projects with competing needs
-Expertise with Vertica (preferred) and VAN (required).
-Advanced knowledge of Excel including formulas, functions and pivot tables
-Advanced knowledge of SQL, creating queries, and manipulating data sets preferred.
-Familiarity with GIS preferred.
-Experience Standardizing data from multiple sources to produce complex results
-Capacity and desire to work long hours in a campaign setting
-Great organizational and communications skills.

The South Dakota Democratic Party is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other category prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

 

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Join the Team!

 

Position Title: Communications Director

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

Application Due: Open immediately until position is filled

Interested parties should send a cover letter and resume to chair@sddp.org

Please list Communications Director in the Subject Line.

The South Dakota Democratic Party is seeking a Communications Director. This position will collaborate with other staff in creating and implementing a strategic plan, which accomplishes the election of Democrats at all levels of the South Dakota ballot. An ideal candidate is highly organized, detail-oriented and a responsible self-starter who has proven leadership and management skills. Salary is commensurate with experience.


RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

-Effectively publicize the goals, platform, activities, and accomplishments of the State Party with the news media and key constituency groups through traditional and social media as well as digital marketing.

-Proactively manage a multidisciplinary department that manages all communications requests, rapid response communications, digital media, and the tracking operation.

-Complete research requests from the SDDP Executive Director, Party Chairperson, and other principals.

-Handle all media requests and prepare and disseminate communications tools such as press releases, op-eds, public statements, speeches, talking points, presentations, media advisories, briefings, pitch ideas, videos, email blasts, newsletters, social media, and graphics.

-Maintain relationships with media professionals across the state.

-Work with staff to manage difficult communications situations including crisis communications.

-Manage and produce email and social media calendar, direct list-building initiatives, and maintain content for the website and multiple social media platforms.

-Develop and execute press events with Executive Director, Party Chair,  and elected officials.

-Prepare and execute short and long-term communications plans.

-Provide media training for legislative candidates and county party representatives.

-Work with the DNC, campaigns and democratic committees to coordinate press and communications strategy and assist as needed.

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS:

-Three years of professional work in communications, campaigns or related area preferred

-Excellent written and verbal communication as well as grammatical and copy editing skills

-Ability to think quickly on your feet and work in a fast-paced team environment

-Experience executing digital and traditional communications strategies

-Keen eye for identifying opportunities and potential risk, and ability to rally assets

-Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

-The ability to work under tight deadlines and adapt quickly to changing work priorities

The South Dakota Democratic Party is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other category prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

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Join the team to fight for nonpartisan redistricting!

Sign our petitions!

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Voters should select their legislators; legislators should not choose their voters. Under current law, the legislature resets the legislative district lines after each U.S. Census. This system allows for gerrymandered districts, districts that have been drawn for personal or political gain. This is a broken system. Our state should strive to create districts which best serve the people, not that best serve political aspirations of individuals.

This constitutional amendment creates a nine-person commission that is made up of members of both the major political parties and individuals who are in neither of the major parties. No one party can have more than three members on this commission. This is a fair system that has worked well in other states like Iowa.

We cannot be successful in this effort without volunteers like you stepping up to collect signatures from their friends, family, and neighbors. Whether you are able to collect 10, 50, or 500 signatures, your efforts will allow voters to decide in November of 2016 how their district lines should be drawn.

Nonpartisan Redistricting

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