Putting My Experience
I'm a fifth generation South Dakotan with deep roots in a state that I love. I grew up and still live in District 32. I spent 35 years as a TV news journalist - good training to listen to all sides of a complicated issue. I moved to the Pennington County Sheriff's Office where I am now on the front lines of a battle against methamphetamine, and strategies to safely reduce the jail population.
I have been involved with me community
as a spokesperson, busy volunteer, member of my church, and, most importantly, wife and mother of three. I am a conservative who believes in smaller government and less regulation. I believe in balanced budgets and fiscal responsibility with real sensitivity to keeping taxes low. I support strong defense, law enforcement and self reliance.
And the winner is… the people of South Dakota! The 97th State Legislative Session is wrapping up, and we have much to celebrate. With unprecedented federal dollars, lawmakers worked hard to target spending to projects with positive impact for generations to come. We worked hard to make sure taxpayer contributions were wisely-spent. At the same time, we continue to set aside and save money for bigger, worthy long-term projects and potential economic hurdles on the horizon.
Rapid City Journal - State Sen. Helene Duhamel, R-Rapid City, announced Tuesday her intention to run for re-election to the District 32 Senate seat.
SDPB Radio - "You know, compromise has somehow become a bad word,” Senator Helene Duhamel said. “But it should be part of what we do.” Duhamel is gathering signatures for her upcoming election, running as a moderate Republican, a self-professed centrist.
Rapid City Journal - The foundation needs to be set for future water needs in Black Hills communities, area mayors said Wednesday morning.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (KNBN) — Governor Kristi Noem is set to give her annual budget address next week. Then lawmakers will head to Pierre in January for the legislative session and before the busy time begins, Rapid City community members got a chance to voice their concerns with legislators at a Critical Issue Luncheon.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (KNBN) — State lawmakers are working on a tight timeline to redraw legislative districts following the 2020 census.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - 2020 saw various riots and protests across the United States, including Black Lives Matter Marches, protests for Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, and riots at the Capitol building in D.C. With law enforcement at these events, some protestors found a new, dangerous way to combat police presence: laser pointers.