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LETTER: Weiland right man to replace Johnson

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To the Editor:

South Dakotans are fortunate to have Tim Johnson, a man of exemplary character, to represent us in the U.S. Senate. But now that Johnson is retiring, we must be careful to choose the best person to replace him.

Sen. Johnson has endorsed Rick Weiland. After hearing Weiland speak in Vermillion and following his campaign, I agree. Like Johnson, Weiland, who was raised and educated in South Dakota, would represent all the people in our state. Weiland is a small business owner in Sioux Falls and a family man; also, having earlier worked in Washington, he knows his way around D.C.

Since announcing, Weiland has visited more than 200 South Dakota communities, listening to our concerns and speaking about the issues he cares about most. He’s against big money buying elections, bailouts to banks and subsidies to the profitable oil industry. He’s for investing in preschool education, universal health care, small businesses and family farms.

Weiland believes in the ideals upon which our country was founded “with liberty and justice for all.” To have a $9 million campaign chest is not Weiland’s goal. His goal is to take our government back from the big-money interests. If we’ll all get out and vote, Weiland can help us do that.

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