The Democratic National Committee has granted the South Dakota Democratic Party’s request to fund a new field director to focus on early and robust voter engagement, helping the party compete in races around the state and working alongside the native outreach director to organize within the nine tribes of South Dakota.
With this grant, the South Dakota Democratic Party will build an early lead on volunteer acquisition, direct community outreach projects, enhance the statewide voter file, and lay the strategic and operational groundwork for the 2022 coordinated campaign. The new field director will also help hire and train Young Elected Legislative Leaders (YELL) Fellows, an innovative program that allows college and high school students to help organize for local candidates.
The investment will help the coordinated campaign build the statewide turnout operation needed to mobilize and persuade voters to support South Dakota Democrats in November 2022.
“As a former state party chair, I know just how critical it is to reach out to voters in every corner of the state to strengthen our party,” said DNC Chair Jaime Harrison. “The DNC is proud to invest in the South Dakota Democratic Party’s organizing and voter education work to help them make their case directly to native and rural voters across the state and elect Democrats up and down the ballot.”
“We’re so excited about this investment from the DNC in South Dakota. These funds will help build infrastructure throughout the state that will have an impact for years to come,” said South Dakota Democratic Party Chair Randy Seiler of Fort Pierre. “Our staff has been doing great work in South Dakota and we’re glad the DNC is investing to capitalize on that momentum.”
This grant is part of the DNC’s Red State Fund, which was established last year under the leadership of DNC Chair Jaime Harrison to put Republicans on defense and build tailored programs in traditionally Republican states.