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SDDP Executive Director to Step Into New Advisory Role

For Immediate Release: Friday, December 19, 2014

SDDP Executive Director to Step Into New Advisory Role
Executive Director applicants welcomed

Sioux Falls, SD (December 19, 2014) — The South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Zach Crago is stepping into a new advisory role at the end of the year after four years with the South Dakota Democratic Party.

Crago released the following statement:

“It’s been a great privilege to fight for working families as Executive Director with the South Dakota Democratic Party. And you know what? It’s been a lot of fun too. In the last four years, we referred Governor Dennis Daugaard’s corporate welfare bill, passed an initiated measure to raise the minimum wage, made gains in the State Senate, and put our Party on a strong financial foundation going forward. But there’s more work yet to be done. Just as I benefitted from the hard work of State Party leaders before me, I look forward to helping our next team of State Party leaders continue building to win elections going forward.” published an open letter from Crago with a state of the State Party progress report here.

Crago will continue working with the South Dakota Democratic Party in a limited advisory role to help Chair-elect Ann Tornberg and Vice Chair-elect Joe Lowe with the transition. Field Director Ryan Rolfs and Finance Director Zach Nistler will remain with the Party.

The South Dakota Democratic Party plans to fill the Executive Director position before the end of January. Interested applicants can learn more about the position here:

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The Results for Chair Are In…

This weekend, the South Dakota Democratic Party State Central Committee elected Ann Tornberg of Beresford to be our next Chair and Joe Lowe of Piedmont to be our Vice Chair. ann tornberg

What a great team to lead the South Dakota Democratic Party going forward!

Ann Tornberg is a proven leader. She helped start the Young Elected Legislative Leaders program for high school Democrats two years ago. She’s brought in over two dozen Founders Club members. And she’s served our legislators in Pierre to give South Dakota’s families a voice in state government.

Joe Lowe is a Rapid City businessman and National Incident Commander who ran for Governor in 2014. He sure knows how to fire up a group of Democrats!

I’m excited for the future of South Dakota with Ann and Joe at the helm of the South Dakota Democratic Party.


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Ann Tornberg of Beresford Elected SDDP Chair

For Immediate Release: Saturday, December 13, 2014

Ann Tornberg of Beresford Elected SDDP Chair
Joe Lowe of Piedmont Elected SDDP Vice Chair

Oacoma, SD (December 13, 2014) — The South Dakota Democratic Party state central committee elected Ann Tornberg of Beresford Chair of the State Party and Joe Lowe of Piedmont State Party Vice Chair. ann tornberg

Bill Nibbelink of Flandreau was re-elected SDDP Treasurer, and Lorri May of Madison was reelected SDDP Secretary.

Ann Tornberg released the following statement:

“South Dakota Democrats have a lot of work to do to rebuild our county parties, recruit top tier candidates, and register voters. I’m grateful for the support of the State Central Committee and all the hard work our current Chair and State Party staff have accomplished to allow us to start building right away. I look forward to working with my Vice Chair Joe Lowe and Democrats from all parts of South Dakota to build consensus, advance the issues which are important to working families throughout the state, and elect Democrats up and down the ballot.”

The new SDDP leadership team begins their four year terms on January 1, 2015.

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I’m volunteering today. Will you join me?

Hi friends, Jeff Wilka & George McGovern

I’ve been a volunteer for the South Dakota Democratic Party my whole life. From George McGovern, to Tom Daschle, to Tim Johnson to Rick Weiland, I have been on the front lines, making calls and talking to voters.

A lot has changed during my fifty years of volunteering, but one thing has not—volunteers are still the backbone of our South Dakota Democratic Party.

Join me today in helping to elect great Democrats up and down the ticket. We cannot afford to have anyone sit this cycle out.

Sign up for GOTV or make calls from home to turn out Democrats.

Thank you,

Jeff Wilka
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A Vote is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Fellow Democrats:
Up in Brown County, I’m making a lot of calls for Rick Weiland, but every once and awhile I still run into someone who’s thinking about Pressler.

I’m going to cut to the chase — a vote for Larry Pressler is a vote for Mike Rounds.  

If Democrats waste our vote on Larry Pressler on Tuesday, South Dakotans are going to wake up on Wednesday to read that Mike Rounds is our next US Senator. Why?

Larry Pressler cannot win according to a Survey USA poll conducted 10-21 to 10/26. But Pressler can take enough of Weiland’s votes to elect Rounds. 

In fact, Democrats who plan to vote for Pressler account for Rounds’ entire lead over Democrat Rick Weiland who would be tied with Rounds if Pressler were not on the ballot.
Rounds is counting on Democrats to split our votes between Weiland and Pressler - even though both Pressler and Rounds want to raise the retirement age for Social Security and cut Medicare benefits. That’s not the South Dakota way.
Democrats have to stick together. 
The only way we can defeat Mike Rounds is to vote for Rick Weiland. 
Don’t waste your vote on Pressler to help elect Mike Rounds.  
Dakotafest Rounds Pressler

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