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Noem, Jackley release new initiatives as campaigns rage on

South Dakota's top two Republican gubernatorial candidates continued to spar Monday. U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem's campaign unveiled her agenda to "strengthen South Dakota's economy," a plan layered with methods to kickstart the Rushmore State. "South ...

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2018 GOP gubernatorial candidates Attorney General Marty Jackley, left, and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem. (Republic file photos)
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South Dakota's top two Republican gubernatorial candidates continued to spar Monday.

U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem's campaign unveiled her agenda to "strengthen South Dakota's economy," a plan layered with methods to kickstart the Rushmore State.

"South Dakota does a lot of things right, but our economy is falling behind," Noem said in a press release. "As governor, my goal will be to kickstart our economy - and not through more boards, commissions or blue ribbon committees."

Instead, Noem said, she wants to lift the "burden" of government from entrepreneurs. Noem also reminded of her successes on tax reform in Congress when making the announcement.

The proposal prioritizes education to produce job-holders, not "degree-holders." Noem also said her administration would provide career counseling, information for students regarding in-demand jobs, expanded access to technical training in high schools and increased shared-learning opportunities among high schools, tech schools and universities.

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Meanwhile, fellow GOP candidate Attorney General Marty Jackley used the weekend to announce his "Faith and Family Initiative."

"In the face of federal overreach and unlawful mandates, I have repeatedly fought as attorney general to protect the religious freedom enshrined by our Constitution, and I will continue to be an unwavering advocate as governor," Jackley said in a Monday press release.

As part of his initiative, Jackley committed to hosting an annual faith leaders summit, maintained his pro-life stance, said he will protect students' rights to express religious faith and said he would protect teachers' rights to act consistently with their religious beliefs "regarding traditional marriage."

Republican voters are expected to have the choice of Jackley, Noem, Lora Hubbel and Terry LaFleur in the June 5 primary.

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