Last year Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s campaign committee gave $500 to the campaign committee of state Sen. Deb Peters, R-Hartford, while she was running in a 2012 primary for re-election. Her challenger for the nomination was then-Rep. Lora Hubbel, R-Sioux Falls. Peters wound up spending about $19,000, while Hubbel spent about $5,200. Peters received 405 votes and Hubbel 363. That wasn’t the end of Lora Hubbel’s political activity, however. Hubbel, 55, with one term in the House to her credit, has now filed her statement of organization to run for the Republican nomination for governor in 2014, presumably against Daugaard. Filing the statement doesn’t make her a candidate — she still has to gather signatures on a nominating petition and that isn’t allowed until Jan. 1 — but she clearly seems to have some complaints with the state Capitol’s Republican establishment in the Legislature and the governor’s office especially over Obamacare, which she has tried to further hamstring in South Dakota. In her run against Peters, Hubbel described herself on her website as “a conservative Republican with a devotion to our US Constitution.” Her husband, Tim, is a chiropractor. She has been a registered nurse, a substitute teacher and a teacher in a private school. She now is a real estate broker-owner license holder.
Hubbel also was one of the forces behind a ballot-measure group in 2008 that received secret sources of funding. She was one of the directors for an organization called the South Dakota Conservative Action Council. The group provided about 80 percent of the money in 2007 to a committee, South Dakotans for Open and Clean Government, that put an initiated measure on the 2008 ballot (65 percent of voters rejected it). The Conservative Action Council wouldn’t reveal its sources for most of the funding that it passed along to the ballot committee. Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Prosperity and the National Taxpayers Union were active in South Dakota supporting the effort. The other two directors for the Conservative Action Council were Lee Breard, whose political roots were in Louisiana before he moved to South Dakota to establish the organization, and Steve Sibson of Mitchell, a conservative blogger. None of the three- Hubbel, Breard or Sibson — would disclose the council’s sources of money or the amounts.