Karen Wagner has announced she is a candidate for the Republican nomination for the District 28-B state House of Representatives seat.  The District encompasses all of Harding and Perkins counties and part of Butte county.  Wagner noted she has lived and worked in all three counties, and currently resides in Butte county, at Belle Fourche. “In pursuing this position,” Wagner said, “I intend to be an active participant in the legislative process by being an informed legislator who will engage the people of my District, to represent their needs and concerns at the State level.” Her campaign focus, she added, “will be fiscal responsibility, strong leadership, and serving as an informed and effective legislator.”  June 7 is primary election day, with absentee voting beginning April 22.

Wagner is currently owner/operator of her family ranch near Buffalo.  She was a public school educator, serving as teacher, district administrator, and middle school principal for 40 years before retirement.  She was active in economic development in Belle Fourche and across the region, and was elected to the Belle Fourche City Council, where she was Council president, and chairperson of the Legal Finance and Public Works committees. Her city council term expired in May. Wagner was a Black Hills Roundup volunteer for 25 years, serving on the board of directors.  She is a past chairperson of the Roundup. Her roots are deep in the District, having been born and raised on a family farm/ranch in Harding County, and attending a one-room school in that county. She earned her four-year degree from North Dakota State University and her Masters degree from South Dakota State University. “Our current political arena needs representation that will demonstrate leadership, the ability to listen, a willingness to ask the hard questions, and have a clear understanding of each and every issue,”  Wagner said in announcing her candidacy.  “These are qualities I possess and am prepared to carry out.”


Karen Wagner Republican for District 28B in South Dakota


More information: Jim Doolittle, Campaign Chair, 605-347-1840