As of tonight the District 5 Senate race has just gotten more interesting with a new Republican candidate entering the race. With the primary being set for June 7th, 2022 and no Democrat candidate; whoever wins the primary will win the District 5 Senate seat.

We set up an interview with the now City Councilman Colin Paulsen to find out more…

Paulsen spoke on concerns that encouraged him to run for office…

Paulsen commented on how he felt it was left after legislative session…

He feels there is a lack of confidence…

Paulsen talks on South Dakota being a better leader…

Current Senator Lee Schoenbeck has some previous years of service on Colin Paulsen…

How does this affect Councilman Paulsen’s seat on the City Council…

The primary election will be June 7th, 2022 to decide which Republican Senator that will be representing District 5 in Pierre.

Click below to listen to Colin's full interview with News Director Steve Jurrens:


Below is Colin Paulsen's official press release:

Conservative Republican Colin Paulsen Enters Race to Unseat Senator Lee Schoenbeck in District 5
 
“South Dakota Deserves Better Leadership”
 
WATERTOWN, SD Tuesday April 05, 2022—Republican challenger Colin Paulsen announces bid against Senator Lee Schoenbeck in District 5 after session's failures and diminished decorum. Paulsen is a Watertown native, veteran, and currently serves on the Watertown City Council.
 
Paulsen released the following statement;
 
"Under the failed leadership in the Senate this year, South Dakota has been left without protections for parental rights. Workforce housing was made far too political, granting the ability to expand and have more representation in Pierre to larger cities, while small rural communities were offered high interest loans. Our most vulnerable populations have been left without job protection, and our elderly with healthcare staffing deficits, just as they need care the most.
 
Farmers and ranchers are left without certainty as energy costs skyrocket, and voters are losing confidence in the integrity of free and fair elections. These are all issues that could have been solved by good policies—common sense legislation that should have been passed by the Senate this year. Instead, these policies were either blocked or died in committee due to a lack of decorum and statesmanship.
 
“We have seen far too much harassment in Pierre, emboldened by the lack of accountability, and special interest funding. South Dakota deserves better leadership. We need to focus on people over profits, and taxpayers over special interest dollars. It's time the good people of District 5 had a real choice for conservative representation in the Senate. It's time to remind the people that we work for you, the voters.
 
"As an engineer by training and trade, I'm focused on solutions. My petitions have been certified, and I'm fired up to serve the people of Senate District 5 and this State. I will work hard to earn your trust, your vote, and to be your voice in Pierre. As of today, I’m proud to provide that choice for voters, as I announce my candidacy.
 
"Under God, the people rule. May God bless South Dakota!"