Dr. Fred Deutsch announced his intention to run for the South Dakota House of Representatives for District 4 in the 2018 election. District 4 includes Grant, Deuel, rural Brookings, and rural Codington counties. Deutsch, a Republican, served in the legislature from 2015 to 2016. He was a member of the education, health, and commerce committees.
“I have spent my life dedicated to public service and to caring for people,” Deutsch said. “When I heard one of the reps wasn’t planning to run again, Kathleen and I began to pray about returning to the legislature. As things came together, we felt it right to run again.” Deutsch also said, “If the voters return me to Pierre, I will promote transparency and civility in government, and will always listen to the people.
Deutsch has lived in rural Watertown since 1983. He and his wife, a Webster native, have practiced chiropractic medicine together for 35 years. They raised four daughters and have maintained an active life serving their patients, church and community.
Deutsch has served as a mentor for boys without fathers, president of the Watertown Boys and Girls Club, a United Way board member, and a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader. He is the current president of South Dakota Right to Life, and is active in the Watertown Initiative to Prevent Sex Trafficking.