An Independent running as a Democrat: Meet the Aberdeen man aiming for Thune’s Senate seat

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Standing 6-feet, 8-inches tall, Brian Bengs doesn’t shy away from a challenge.

And with last week’s news that longtime Republican Senator John Thune will be seeking a fourth term in South Dakota’s 2022 midterm election, Bengs understands the daunting challenge he’ll be facing once the calendar hits November. The veteran, attorney and former Northern State University professor said he decided to run for office because of security.

“I’m very, very concerned about the future stability of our country particularly given the violent attack on the Capitol last year,” Bengs told KELOLAND News. “I was watching and waiting for someone to step up with a bold plan to address the current threat environment against our democracy.”

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