Jay BK Slater
HURON – Jay B.K. Slater is running for the S.D. House District No. 22 seat, on a platform that emphasizes limited government and fewer regulations, while supporting education, rural health care and veterans like himself.
“I feel strongly that cutting education will sacrifice our state’s ability to win in the future, and it is a battle,” the De Smet resident said in an address at the weekly Beadle County Republican Party campaign luncheon in Huron.
Slater recently retired with almost 24 years of active military duty with the Army and the South Dakota Army National Guard. He served 11 years in Huron, but also served a combat tour in Iraq and deployed to Germany and Panama.
He worked South Dakota’s 9/11 Huron Airport security, blizzards, ice storms and floods in Beadle and Kingsbury counties and provided command and control support in South Dakota for Guard members who went to Katrina and Fargo.
Slater said if elected he will take his passion for education, agriculture, small businesses, veterans care and rural health care to Pierre.
He said he believes education is the best investment for South Dakota’s future.
“We have outstanding teachers in our state who inspire students and we need to support that vision that they have,” Slater said.
Legislators must effectively manage revenue and invest in the future of South Dakota children, he said.
Farmers and ranchers have always faced challenges, but today they face new ones with new markets and additional regulatory policies that are hampering their sustainability, he said.
“I believe that excessive regulation has been a significant detriment to our ag industry and to our small businesses,” he said.
Slater’s wife, Patti Ward, owns a small business in De Smet. It, like other small businesses and farms are the heart of South Dakota because they create jobs and are a driving force in the economy, he said.
Small businesses create 70 percent of new jobs and half of the jobs in the private sector, he said.
“We need legislation not to attack these South Dakota enterprises more, but to allow them to invest in making what they have built better and stronger,” Slater said.
He also said veterans have earned South Dakota’s support. All veterans must be honored.
“It’s not just with words, but it’s with actions and deeds,” he said.
Slater said rural health care is a critical resource and he wants to work to ensure and improve the delivery of health care services to rural, underserved communities with an emphasis on access.
He also said the state should capitalize on programs to recruit health care professionals and assist hospitals, nursing homes and clinics.For the complete article see the 10-09-2012 issue.
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