Jason Kettwig of Milbank has announced his candidacy for one of the two State Representative seats for District 4. He is a registered Republican seeking his first state government position.
“I am running for the District 4 House seat because I feel I bring a unique amount of experience to the job. With my experience in local government, I feel that I can bring a real world perspective to Pierre that will benefit the small communities in District 4. Growing up on a rural farm outside of Hazel, I love and appreciate the small town way of life and will work to ensure that the small communities have a voice in Pierre.”
Jason and wife, Terra, met while attending South Dakota State University. They made Milbank their home in 2003 and have been married for nearly 19 years. Jason has owned Taco Johns with his brother, Josh, since that time and became the city administrator for the City of Milbank in 2005.
Jason spent four years in the Army on active duty stationed at Ft. Hood, TX, prior to moving to Milbank. Upon returning to South Dakota, he joined the South Dakota National Guard where he has spent the remainder of his 21 years of military service. He deployed twice with tours in Iraq (December 2003 to February 2005) and Afghanistan (May 2010 to May 2011), and is currently the battalion commander for the 139th Brigade Support Battalion out of Brookings.
Jason explained that he will continue to work hard for the community of Milbank. “If elected, there will be an adjustment period for the City of Milbank just like the adjustment period that every employer goes through when they send a representative to Pierre. It is the nature of our representative form of government. The staff at the City of Milbank are a wonderful group of people and everyone will adjust. With today’s technology, I will still be available to the citizens of Milbank during the time that we are in session.”
Jason and Terra have three children – Tanner (16), Ty (9) and Jocelyn (7). Terra stays home and runs a medical transcription business as well as manages the couples rental properties. She also spends many days subbing in the Milbank School District or volunteering with her kids’ activities.