The Power of We.

Late in 2021, three people had coffee in Sioux Falls and talked about the insane political scene in Washington and South Dakota. Two weeks later, there were four. Then dozens as we continued to grow giving people an opportunity to voice their frustrations about the extremist agendas that seem to be advancing in politics.

By the summer of 2022, we decided to stop talking and take action. We named ourselves Change Agents of South Dakota because we believe the majority of our state wants serious changes to the tone and actions of our elected officials. Our goal is to keep the extremists out and help elect moderate, thoughtful, responsible candidates into office. We are not partisan. There are Independents, Republicans, and Democrats.

While the situation in Washington seems impossible to fix, with your help, we can make positive changes in South Dakota. It takes electing reasonable people who want to serve us all and holding elected officials accountable for their extremist language and actions. We want to make that a reality to the benefit of ALL South Dakotans! I hope you will join us in making our goals a reality.

Participatory Democracy

Promote active participation and voter education in state and local elections.

Responsive Leadership

Advocate for constructive positions and seek broad consensus with state and local leaders on challenging topics.

Active Advocacy

Encourage and support engagement and leadership on important issues that promote our mission.

“We came together to voice concern about the future and stayed together to make positive changes in South Dakota politics.”

– Rick Knobe, Founding Member

Become Involved

We’re always seeking like-minded individuals to become involved and help push our campaign further than we could ever imagine. Does that sound like you? Sign up today and be a part of the change!

Support our Cause

Unfortunately, to make positive changes in politics takes more than just good ideas and dialogue- it takes money. In order to effectively make positive changes in SD politics and support moderate candidates, we need your monetary support. Please donate today!

Summary of Change Agents meeting May 15th, 2024

Spent the hour with candidates Taylor Rehfeldt and Cole Heisey.

Rehfeldt (R) is an incumbent in a crowded primary for District 14 House.  She thinks the current SD law on abortion is too vague, more education is required, yet the current House membership refuses any serious discussion on the issue.  She supports Medicaid work requirements.  She had no position on the Open Primaries issue.  Her website: https://www.taylorrehfeldt.com/  For her voting record: https://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/Profile/3799/Bills

Heisey (R) is running for Minnehaha County Commissioner in another crowded primary.  He has run twice for the SD House, coming up short both times.  He supports stewardship of the environment.  He supports cutting property taxes yet offered no alternative solutions for government funding.  He indicated strongly that he is an election denier and has the endorsement of South Dakota First.  His campaign page is inaccessible (as of May 20th), but there is a recent article about him in The Dakota Scout: https://www.thedakotascout.com/p/cole-heisey-for-minnehaha-county

Change Agents has spent time with many candidates ahead of the upcoming primaries in order to ascertain who, if any, will receive CA Endorsements.

2 responses to “Changing South Dakota Politics for the Better.”

  1. V Carter Avatar
    V Carter

    This is now a perfectly working site for voicing your opinions and sharing insight with others. You can reply directly to someone else’s thoughts or simply leave your own, and our on-duty moral adjudicator will screen out only offensive screeds. Let’s change the world. . .

  2. Jon B Avatar
    Jon B

    Our democracy needs more issue oriented, less extreme candidates willing to go on the record with their policy positions. Change Agents is striving to be the vehicle to achieve these goals. I encourage residents to try out some meetings and help assure these goals.

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2 thoughts on “Changing South Dakota Politics for the Better.

  1. V Carter

    This is now a perfectly working site for voicing your opinions and sharing insight with others. You can reply directly to someone else’s thoughts or simply leave your own, and our on-duty moral adjudicator will screen out only offensive screeds. Let’s change the world. . .

    Reply
  2. Jon B

    Our democracy needs more issue oriented, less extreme candidates willing to go on the record with their policy positions. Change Agents is striving to be the vehicle to achieve these goals. I encourage residents to try out some meetings and help assure these goals.

    Reply

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