Noem, Smith agree to gubernatorial debate in Rapid City

July 14, 2022


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and state Rep. Jamie Smith, the Democratic lawmaker challenging her in the November election for governor, agreed Wednesday to a September debate in Rapid City. The Republican governor’s campaign says she will participate in just one debate.


She accepted an invitation for one co-hosted by Dakota News Now and KOTA/KEVN on Sept. 30.


Smith told The Associated Press he would participate and criticized Noem for not participating in more face-to-face exchanges.


Noem is running for reelection after a first term that vaulted her into national prominence among Republicans for her mostly hands-off approach to COVID-19 restrictions.


Smith is trying to challenge her for seeming to have political ambitions beyond South Dakota.