EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a series of stories detailing area legislative candidates’ responses to a Daily Republic questionnaire.
Candidates for the state Legislature in the vast District 21 weighed in on issues including roads, education and Gov. Mike Rounds’ proposed budget cuts for state departments in their responses to a Daily Republic questionnaire.
The District 21 Senate incumbent will face a new challenger this fall. Democrat Brandon Sazue, former Crow Creek tribal chairman from Fort Thompson, has been chosen to run against Sen. Cooper Garnos, R-Presho, in Garnos’ re-election bid this fall.
Erin McCarrick, state Democratic Party executive director, said the county central party committee in the district selected Sazue Monday to replace Steve Smith, of Chamberlain.
The chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe says he will take whatever peaceful action he can to reverse a land auction that involved disputed tribal land.
Brandon Sazue this week vowed to set up teepees on the land, where he will live, fast and pray until the disagreement — involving some 7,100 acres on the Crow Creek Reservation — is settled.
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