Dan is the son of a nurse and retired Caterpillar sales and service representative. He is the product of a working-class family and public schools. Living through the economic recession of the early 80’s, Dan’s parents taught him the value of hard work and determination. Those are the values that helped Dan pay his way through college and open several small businesses.
Dan believes a strong economy is built from the ground up, giving every South Dakotan the opportunity to succeed and achieve their dream. But for many South Dakota families today, job opportunities and wages are not keeping up with the rising costs of healthcare, prescription drugs, education, housing, and retirement. Instead of standing up for the middle class, state government is focused on giving tax shelters, subsidies and breaks to the wealthiest Americans and large corporations.
As a small business owner and former chamber of commerce president, Dan understands that increasing opportunity in South Dakota means supporting economic drivers like trade, tourism, and agriculture, while also making investments in research and development that benefit the emerging tech and renewable energy sectors. And that in order to prepare South Dakotans to fill these jobs of the future, we need to make workforce development more accessible and affordable.
Dan will be a champion for working South Dakotans.
Creating and promoting grant programs to develop small business start-ups.
Recruiting high tech, high paying jobs for our South Dakota graduates.
Limits on tax shelters for the wealthiest Americans.
Investing now in things that will pay off for our country down the road, like infrastructure and research and development.