Herseth launches campaign for House Stephanie Herseth announced her candidacy for South Dakota's U.S. House seat March 6, bringing an official start to her campaign.�
Herseth outlined her priorities for the state, including a fix in the recent Medicare legislation, immediate implementation of country-country-of-origin labeling, and a pay raise for troops in imminent danger.�
Following her unanimous nomination in Brookings by the State Democratic Central Committee, Herseth continued on a statewide fly-around tour to events in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Aberdeen.
"I'm running for Congress because South Dakota's future belongs to all of us," Herseth said. "I'm ready to go to work on behalf of this state, bringing people together into a force for positive change. I want to serve our state, preserve our way of life, and help people live, work and raise families right here in South Dakota.
"In South Dakota, it matters not only what you do, but how you do it. That's why, in this campaign, I'm not going to tear my opponent down. He deserves better than that, and so do the voters of South Dakota," she said. "Instead, I'm going to stay focused on the issues that matter to our common future.� In South Dakota, we've always treated each other with friendship and respect. We can do that in politics too."
Herseth grew up on her family's fourth-generation farm and ranch near Houghton, South Dakota, 35 miles northeast of Aberdeen.
She began her legal career in South Dakota working with Judge Charles B. Kornmann in Pierre and Aberdeen in 1998-99, and was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. House in 2002.
Most recently, Herseth taught at SDSU and Augustana College.
, and served as executive director and legal counsel of the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation.�She currently resides in Brookings.