Chapman candidate for District 17 House Republican Jere L. Chapman is a candidate for state representative for District 17. Chapman, a long-time businessman from Vermillion, is seeking one of two House seats serving Clay and Turner counties.
"I am grateful to the people of Clay and Turner counties for their long-time support of my restaurant businesses. It is time I return the favor to the community," said Chapman.
He has also been a member of several non-profit organizations including Vermillion Beautiful, Jaycees, Lions Club, Sertoma Club, and the Chamber of Commerce. He is the past president of the board for both the Vermillion United Way and SESDAC, Inc.
Chapman has just recently finished a term on the Vermillion City Council. "I believe my term on the city council and extensive community involvement will make me more effective as your representative in Pierre," said Chapman.
In 1998, Chapman was awarded the South Dakota Retailer's Association "Restaurateur of the Year" award, and in 2000, was selected as Vermillion's "Sertoman of the Year." Other honors include 1991 South Dakota Football Coaches Association "Friend of
Football," Vermillion High School's "Business and Education Partnership" award, and the Vermillion Education Association appreciation award for being a true friend of public education.
Chapman served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era from 1971-1974 and has lived in Vermillion since 1982. He and his wife Jan have two grown children.
Chapman said he is a conservative who will vote for those values supporting affordable health insurance, price relief for prescription drugs for all citizens, and the reduction of property taxes. He said his extensive business background will be very useful in his work and economic development and job creation to ensure all of South Dakota will prosper.