Dakota News Now to host gubernatorial debate between Noem, Smith, and Quint

Libertarian candidate Tracey Quint (left), Gov. Kristi Noem (middle), Rep. Jamie Smith (right)
Libertarian candidate Tracey Quint (left), Gov. Kristi Noem (middle), Rep. Jamie Smith (right)(Dakota News Now)
Published: Jul. 13, 2022 at 3:14 PM CDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Dakota News Now will host a debate between Gov. Kristi Noem (R, S.D.) and Rep. Jamie Smith (D, S.D.) and libertarian candidate Tracey Quint as they compete for the position of South Dakota Governor.

Noem, Smith, and Quint have agreed to take part in the debate on Sept. 30, which will be co-hosted by Dakota News Now and its sister stations KOTA and KEVN. The debate will take place in Rapid City. The exact time of the debate has not yet been set.

A press release from Noem’s office said the debate “will be the first and final debate that Governor Noem participates in this election cycle.”

“Voters deserve the opportunity to hear from the two of us on a wide variety of issues, especially those on which we do not see eye-to-eye. I look forward to a spirited, fact-driven conversation, and I trust that you hope for the same,” Noem said before Quint had confirmed she would attend.

Smith also expressed enthusiasm for the chance to debate but said he would like to participate in more face-to-face exchanges.

Libertarian candidate Tracey Quint said, “I am honored and thrilled to be participating in this debate. South Dakotans deserve to hear from and get to know all of the candidates and I can’t wait to introduce myself and the Libertarian Party to the voters of South Dakota. I look forward to a professional and civil debate.”

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