With the arrival of some beautiful weather and hopefully an end to our winter cold, it is the perfect time to get a jump on a new petition drive. As most members know, although it did not seem right, the fact is that we were not allowed to have our gubernatorial candidate Curtis Strong on the General Election ballot in 2014. Unfortunately, this means that we temporarily lost our official status as a state party in South Dakota.
While it was greatly preferred to have been able to take legal action, the reality is that even if we had adequate funds to proceed, we would have to resort to another petition drive if a court case was not successful. Funds for legal action and then a statewide petition drive would have put an incredible burden on our party.
The fact is that our party is being held back in so many ways because of a lack of resources. It is very important for members to begin contributing either on a monthly basis or a generous annual contribution. It would be great to be able to do a lot of advertising throughout the state to help build our party. A small office in a few of our largest cities has been needed for years and would greatly improve our presence within the state. Sponsoring important events with like-minded South Dakotans would also help to build our party.
Even with many members volunteering some time to help with petitioning, we will likely need to still spend a significant amount of money to pay professional petitioners to reach our ultimate goal of 10,000 signatures.
Your commitment and generosity is needed urgently! Please donate today so that we can accomplish the petitioning goal and be able to look forward to many party-building activities in the near future. A donation of $30.00 or more and you will receive a new Constitution Party of South Dakota t-shirt as a gift. Please specify M, L or XL by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org after submitting your donation.
Let's get going and move our party forward!