Dems meet in Ft. Pierre for state convention

Fort Pierre, S.D. – A lifelong Independent from Aberdeen, Bengs is running as a Democrat against three-term Republican incumbent John Thune from Murdo in the Nov. 8 General Election. “John Thune has $16 million in backing from special interests and I do not,” Bengs told the Capital Journal after attending the 2022 State Convention of the South Dakota Democratic Party. It was held at Drifters Bar & Grille in Fort Pierre over the weekend.

“The path to victory lies with the independents,” Bengs, who is making his first bid for public office, said. Retired from the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps and a former assistant professor of criminal justice at Northern State University, Bengs hopes to get elected by “offering something different. “That’s what I have to do,” he said. “That’s the way the system works. The system is designed to steer people into one of the two major parties.” Read the full article here.