B.J. Nesselhuf announces plans to seek second term District 17 State Representative B.J. Nesselhuf, 26, has announced his intent to seek a second term in the South Dakota State House of Representatives.
Over 100 people gathered at the home of Ed and Diane Nesselhuf, of rural Vermillion, to hear the announcement. Among those attending were Mel Olson, of Mitchell, the Democrat leader of the state House and Stephanie Herseth, the Democrat nominee for Congress.
Nesselhuf stated that he was running to continue the push on issues important to Clay and Turner counties.
"We need to make sure that we have someone at the table that will fight for issues important to us. Someone who will fight to ensure education is properly funded, someone who will fight to ensure that the state keeps its promise to the ethanol producers, someone who will fight against secrecy in government by opposing the gag law. I've proven that I will fight for you on these issues and I would like to keep fighting."
Olson spoke to the crowd about how Nesselhuf has gained the respect of his peers.
"When B.J. first arrived in Pierre there was a tendency by certain members to not take him very seriously because of his age. It didn't take them long to realize their mistake. It's fair to say that B.J. now has the respect of every member."
Herseth spoke at length about her campaign and her respect for Nesselhuf.
"As I've traveled around the state I've talked to dozens of state officials. When B.J.'s name comes up there is a definite consensus that he is an up and coming leader in the state house."
Nesselhuf was first elected to the state house in 2000. He served on the Health and Human Services Committee and the Commerce Committee. Nesselhuf is an AFLAC agent in Vermillion. He is engaged to be married to Casey Bruner, also of Vermillion.
District 17 covers most of Turner County and all of Clay County.