Conservative Taffy Howard to challenge Rep. Dusty Johnson in GOP primary

Johnson holds South Dakota’s lone House seat in Washington, D.C.

Rep. Taffy Howard, a three-term state legislator representing Rapid City’s western side, declared her congressional bid this week in a stop in Sioux Falls, though she later canceled an event south of Rapid City due to winter weather.

“Officially I am all in,” said Howard, standing in a snowy forest in a video she posted to Facebook. “We need to restore South Dakota values to D.C. We need to restore integrity to elections, we need to stop the invasion at our southern border, and we need to stop deficit spending and fix the debt.”

Taffy, an Air Force veteran, earlier this year introduced a bill to make public the cost of Gov. Kristi Noem’s State Highway Patrol security detail, a push that put her at odds with her party’s leadership.

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In the Statehouse in Pierre, Howard saw none of her bills — including measures to create a new trust fund for the state for unclaimed property — make it into law. She did co-sponsor, with

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