Jackley confronts 'negative ads' from Noem campaign

Published: May. 31, 2018 at 4:52 PM CDT
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Next week Tuesday, voters in South Dakota will cast their votes for multiple candidates and issues in the primary election.

Kristi Noem and Marty Jackley are looking for the Republican nomination for governor.

The winner will go on to face Billie Sutton in the November general election.

Thursday afternoon, Jackley held a press conference to make an announcement about his campaign.

He addressed what he called "negative ads" coming from the Noem campaign airing on TV.

Several former mayors, current and former lawmakers, veterans and others spoke at the press conference. They said the people of South Dakota are tired of negative campaigns.

Jackley said he is staying focused on the issues.

"While the congresswoman keeps talking about Marty Jackley, I'm going to keep talking about South Dakota, keep talking about strengthening education, talking about jobs, talking about better access to health care right here in South Dakota," he said.

Following Marty Jackley’s press conference, Justin Brasell, Kristi for Governor campaign manager, released the following statement:

“We’re grateful to Marty Jackley for bringing together so many lawyers, lobbyists, Pierre politicians, and state contractors to point out the differences between our campaigns. He’s a government lawyer who will maintain the status quo that’s led to scandals, mismanagement and million-dollar settlements. Kristi Noem is a farmer, rancher, and small business owner, who understands the struggles normal South Dakotans face.”