Legislative cracker barrel schedule for Aberdeen in 2015

johnny_automatic_wooden_barrelLegislative cracker barrels are a great way to directly interact with elected officials. During the 2014 session I was able to attend and report on the first and second cracker barrels in Aberdeen. This year I hope to cover at least two of the cracker barrels in Aberdeen. All of the Aberdeen legislative cracker barrels are hosted at the Centennial Rooms on the NSU Campus. The meetings go from 10am to noon. Here are the dates announced by the Area Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee:

  • Saturday, Jan 24th
  • Saturday Feb 7th
  • Saturday Feb 21st
  • Saturday Mar 7th

For other areas of the state I have found the ASBSD website seems to have a pretty complete list of legislative cracker barrels.

Legislators from Districts 1, 2, and 3 are generally invited to speak at the cracker barrel in Aberdeen. Here are the current District 1, 2, and 3 legislators:

  • District 1 – Brown, Day, Marshall, Roberts
    • Senator Jason Frerichs – Democrat
      • Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee
      • Education Committee
      • Legislative Procedure Committee
      • Taxation Committee
      • Frerichs was re-elected in 2014 with no opposition in the Primary or General Election.
      • Frerichs is the prime sponsor of SB2, which has the stated purpose to “provide for the establishment of river basin natural resource districts and to repeal certain provisions regarding county drainage management.”
    • Representative Dennis Feickert – Democrat
      • Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
      • Transportation Committee
      • Feickert easily won re-election during the 2014 primary. There was no opposition in the General Election.
    • Representative Steven McCleerey – Democrat
      • Education Committee
      • Health and Human Services Committee
      • Retirement Laws Committee
      • McCleerey took Susan Wismer’s spot in the House (Wismer tried for a bid at governor in 2014). McCleerey beat out Dustina Gill in the 2014 Democrat Primary.
  • District 2 – Brown, Clark, Hamlin,Spink
    • Senator Brock Greenfield – Republican
      • Commerce and Energy Committee
      • Education Committee
      • Taxation Committee
      • Greenfield swapped from the House to the Senate during the 2014 election. He beat incumbent Democrat Senator Chuck Welke.
    • Representative Burt Tulson – Republican
      • Education Committee
      • Local Government Committee
    • Representative Lana Greenfield – Republican
      • Health and Human Services Committee
      • Local Government Committee
      • Lana Greenfield won this seat in 2014 that was previously held by her son Brock. This was a tight election, and there was a good possibility that Democrat newcomer Natasha Noethlich could have won this seat.
  • District 3 – Brown
    • Senator David Novstrup – Republican
      • Commerce and Energy Committee
      • Government Operations and Audit Committee
      • Judiciary Committee
      • David Novstrup swapped from the House to the Senate during the 2014 election. His dad Al previously held the Senate seat, and David beat Aberdeen Council-member Mark Remily for this seat in the general election.
    • Representative Dan Kaiser – Republican
      • Education Committee
      • Transportation Committee
      • Kaiser won re-election in a very tight race. Previous legislator Burt Elliott was almost able to take Kaiser’s seat.
    • Representative Al Novstrup – Republican
      • Commerce and Energy Committee
      • Taxation Committee
      • Al Novstrup swapped back from the Senate to the House in 2014 election.

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