Kathy Tyler (D) of rural Big Stone City has announced her candidacy for South Dakota Senate District 4, which includes Grant and Deuel counties and parts of Brookings and Codington counties.
Tyler is a former state representative having served in 2013 and 2014. She has kept close ties with the legislative process, having worked as a legislative aide in 2015 and House Minority Secretary in 2016.
“During my time in Pierre, I listened and I learned. I am a supporter of common-sense legislation that makes life better for people in South Dakota. I will stand up for what’s right no matter what side of the aisle, because all issues are people issues, not Democratic or Republican.”
Kathy feels her life experiences as an educator, school board member, small business owner, mom, grandmother, retail employee, legislator, ag landowner and member of various community groups gives her the knowledge and compassion to serve the citizens of District 4 well.
“Supporting education adequately is still my main focus, but there are so many other issues that need to be addressed – Medicaid expansion, adequate support for community health providers, support for the changing rural economy, making sure that family farmers and rural communities don’t get lost in the shuffle and supporting a caring society so those who can’t help themselves or who need a boost can get their lives back on track.”
Kathy grew up on a farm west of Sisseton. She attended college in Aberdeen and received her Master’s in Education from Bemidji State University. Kathy has lived in rural Grant County for 43 years where she and her husband, Tim, raised two daughters Erin and Megan. Erin is a nutritional support pharmacist at Mayo Clinic while Megan is a controller of Canfield Interiors in Sioux Falls and owner of Discount Catholic Products.
“I look forward to the campaign season and talking to voters.” Kathy can be reached at 605-237-0228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.