Republican, Libertarian vying for District 30 Senate seat

Republican, Libertarian vying for District 30 Senate seat

Two candidates are vying for the District 30 state Senate race on the Nov. 3 general election ballot — Republican Julie Frye-Mueller and Libertarian Gideon Oakes. The winner will replace Sen. Lance Russell, R-Hot Springs, who withdrew his name from the June Republican primary ballot. District 30 covers all of Fall River and Custer counties and rural portions of Pennington County. Frye-Mueller Frye-Mueller, R-Rapid City, was first elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives in 2016. She said she is a staunch conservative and brings a small-business perspective to legislative matters. “The people of District 30 deserve to keep a strong conservative voice in the Senate,” Frye-Mueller said. “It’s been my honor to be recognized for my consistent conservative record in the House. I will bring that same commitment to the Senate.” Frye-Mueller is pro-life and a supporter of the Second Amendment. She has earned "superior" ratings from South Dakota Right to Life, the National Rifle Association and South Dakota Gun Owners. During the 2020 legislative session, Frye-Mueller sponsored the successful resolution to invite President Trump and the first lady to a fireworks display at Mount Rushmore. Four of her bills were tabled in committee and three more failed on the House floor after receiving committee approval.

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