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.
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.”
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.”
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.