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Your vote does count!

"That is the lesson we learned in 2012 when the State Senate race was decided by 35 votes," said Tad Perry, Republican State Senate candidate in District 24.

Perry and his wife were among the first voters in the 2014 Primary Election when early voting began Friday at County Auditor's Office throughout the state.

"Voting is not just a right, it is truly a privilege given to us by many who have fought and died for this special opportunity," said Perry.

"I encourage all citizens to register and to vote. If there is any possibility that you cannot vote on June 3rd [out of town, sick, needing to attend to business responsibilities, family obligations, life happenings, etc.], then take advantage of the early voting at your County Auditor Offices. You can vote at your convenience. It doesn't get any easier than that," said Perry.

Perry, a former state representative, is running for the District 24 State Senate seat.


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Tad Perry handing his ballot to Karen Sharp, Stanley County Auditor.

Tad Perry Launches State Senate Bid

Former State Rep. Tad Perry, R-Fort Pierre, announced today he is a candidate for the state Senate from District 24. Perry served in the House of Representatives in 2011-12. In 2012, he lost a close primary election to current Sen. Jeff Monroe by 35 votes.

In announcing his candidacy, Perry said, "Central South Dakota has had a long history of having a strong voice advocate for District 24 interests in the South Dakota Senate. In 2014, we need to return to that tradition.

"It is critical we have a strong and effective senator representing the needs of state employees, education, local businesses, and the farm and ranch community,” Perry said.

“My record is one of working effectively with many people and issues,” he said. “During my service in the House of Representatives, I successfully passed legislation and worked to advance District 24’s priorities.”

Perry calls himself a “traditional conservative.” He said, “I believe in balancing budgets, limiting government to the essential and necessary, and restraining government from limiting our personal decisions, choices, and liberties.”

Perry believes strongly that the key to central South Dakota’s future success, and the state as a whole, is in how well the current and future workforce is educated. “These are our children and grandchildren,” he said. “They must have access to the best schools, the best teachers, and be well prepared to move through the education system and into successful careers.”

The Legislature also needs to spend less time and energy on meaningless resolutions and bills that detract attention from the real issues most important to taxpayers, he said.

Perry is retired after working four decades in education. He and his wife, Carolyn, are active volunteers for many community organizations, including Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area, the South Dakota Discovery Center, the Pierre School Foundation, Capital Area Counseling Service, and Avera St. Mary's Foundation.

Perry said he has enjoyed going door to door to visit District 24 voters in past campaigns. He has pledged to continue this practice and meet as many voters as possible in the time prior to the June 3 primary election.

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2312 Whispering Shores Dr.

Fort Pierre, SD 57532


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