My name is Roxanne, and I grew up in Aberdeen, South Dakota. It's there that I learned the value of perspective from my parents, who were both a life-long Democrat and a life-long Republican. This is probably where I obtained my moderate/conservative views. After finishing a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from NSU in 1995, I enrolled in a Master’s of Public Administration program at Southern Illinois University, where I completed my degree as a single parent, working full-time. I know the value of hard work, and the value of family and community support.
Currently I work for the State of South Dakota with the
state’s Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT) as a software
engineer and business analyst. I have seen firsthand the dedication of our state and public employees, and how difficult it is for them to stay in our community when their interests are continually undermined. Our government often takes advantage of the heart necessary for our public teachers, state employees and healthcare workers to dedicate themselves to public service. Taking advantage of the people who take care of us and our families should never be acceptable.
The past few years I've spent my free time organizing local political events, and leading activities that help empower and reduce political apathy. I've used my organizational skills to draw awareness to important political issues and to remind people that their vote at the ballot box (or lack-thereof) is the most powerful weapon they have available to them.
This year, with the encouragement of family and friends, I realized it was time to step up and run for office, and that complaining alone, after-the-fact, doesn't always get the job done. As a community we must have the courage and willingness to consider new options, and to take even the smallest step toward being a part of the solution -- even if that step is as simple as registering to vote, and going to the polls on election day!
I've spent a lifetime preparing for an opportunity to shake
things up! Please join me in raising the bar, and moving government to do more than "just good enough," and to work with the people to find the best solutions for our state.
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April 13, 2018