Rounds plans U.S. Senate announcement Thursday

Former Gov. Mike Rounds jumps into the race first for the 2014 U.S. Senate election with his announcement this afternoon that he’ll formally announce his Republican candidacy Thursday with events in Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls. We get to see 85-year-old Don Rounds introduce his son Mike at the Pierre event (8:30 a.m., Redrossa Annex). From there the candidate jets to Rapid City for an 11:30 a.m. MT event at the Casey Peterson & Associates offices (909 St. Joseph Street) followed by the trip to Sioux Falls for a 4 p.m. CT event at University Center’s Avera Hall.

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About Bob Mercer

I am a newspaper reporter in Pierre where I cover state government, issues and politics for the Aberdeen American News, the Black Hills Pioneer, the Mitchell Daily Republic, the Pierre Capital Journal, the Rapid City Journal, the Watertown Public Opinion and the Yankton Press & Dakotan. I began covering the Legislature in 1985 and have lived in Pierre since December 1986. I grew up in Wisconsin, worked my way through college, took my first full-time newspapers jobs in Wyoming, and have lived in South Dakota since the summer of 1984 when I moved to Aberdeen to join the American News. I worked for the Rapid City Journal as its state government reporter in Pierre from late 1992 through late 1998. I spent four years as press secretary and a senior aide to Gov. Bill Janklow during his fourth and final term from late 1998 through 2002. I returned to journalism in January 2003 as a self-employed reporter, providing state government coverage to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre and, depending on the year, Aberdeen newspapers. In 2008, the Aberdeen American News offered to hire me as full-time member of the AAN staff, with my reports continuing to be available to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre, Yankton and Rapid City papers. The new arrangement has been in effect since January 2009 as the seven papers continue their remarkable dedication to their readers and the general public, as the only South Dakota news outlets with a full-time reporter covering state government in Pierre throughout the year. In addition to focusing on the Legislature during the annual winter session and its various activities during the interim periods between sessions, I spend many days throughout the year -- traveling as often necessary -- to cover state government boards and commissions which oversee the state universities, technical institutes, outdoors, water, environment, business, public schools, banking, agriculture, utilities, health care and various other areas of public interest. I purposely don't register to vote because of my profession; the last time I recall voting in a presidential election was the first time, 1976, when I had just turned 18. I think I voted for Jimmy Carter over Gerald Ford. Make of that what you want, just don't make much of it.

One thought on “Rounds plans U.S. Senate announcement Thursday

  1. Ambiguous

    Skjonsberg, Glodt and Gray are light years ahead of any other political team in the state.

    There are other gifted people out there but not with their experience level.

    Noem relies too much on Thune’s people. She needs to find her own source of support that is loyal to her and only her. She also needs people who know something about campaigning and not just people filling space in her offices and campaign staff.

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