Werner declares House candidacy

Friday, April 04, 2014

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Republican Dick Werner has announced his candidacy for re-election to the House of Representatives, representing the residents of Beadle and Kingsbury counties in District 22. This would be his second term in the House.


“These past two legislative sessions we have accomplished much to aid education (K-12 and higher education), agriculture, and economic development which continue to be my highest priorities,” Werner said. “I look forward to the opportunity to continue this progress for our area and state.”


Werner said there are several issues he would like to focus on if he were to be re-elected. He said there is a deficit in the officer training programs in the state. Currently, these are financed through speeding tickets, but he would like to explore ways to boost this funding.


He was pleased with the funding increases given to education this legislative session. “I’m hopeful that in the next couple of sessions we can continue to increase that amount,” he said. He would also like to augment gains that were seen this session in community-based (nursing home) provider funding.


Werner currently serves on the House and Joint Appropriations Committees. These committees are responsible for crafting the state’s fiscal budget and handling legislative bills that require funding.


Prior to his legislative service, Werner served six years on the Beadle County Commission. Werner also owns and operates the farm that has been in his family for 118 years. He is the co-owner of a power line construction company and has 34 years of experience in banking and economic development consulting.


“I feel my experience in agriculture, finance, and business ownership along with my years of service on the county commission and legislature give me the ability to represent the needs of our Legislative district and state,” Werner said.


He has been active in numerous organizations and community projects through the years. Werner currently is a member of the Huron Noon Lions Club, Sertoma Club, Masonic Lodge, James Valley Shrine, and Huron Area Chamber of Commerce. He is the founding president of the Huron Community Foundation and also served as board president of the Huron Area Chamber of Commerce.


Dick and his wife, Suzanne, a registered nurse at HRMC, have three adult sons who attended and graduated from the Huron public school system and have since attained their college degrees.


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