Tim has traveled to every corner of South Dakota in this campaign and on Thursday, he was in the southeast part of the state, over 180 communities in all.
Thursday he was in beautiful downtown Burbank, where he stopped to meet the locals at Whimp’s Place, one of his favorite South Dakota establishments, and a place he’s eaten at many times through the years.
From there it was on to Elk Point, where he sat for an interview with Elk Point Leader-Courier editor Susan Odson, about healthcare, economic development, agricultural issues and other topics, including national issues, that have been major parts of the campaign.
He also discussed the impact of tariffs and a restrictive trade policy on soybean producers in the state. Even before the tariffs were in place, Tim issued a warning on their potential harmful impact on farmers and ranchers.
Bjorkman said it’s vitally important to learn from history and not make the same errors.
“Ninety-five percent of the world’s consumers live outside our borders, so we’re highly dependent on fairly negotiated and enforced trade deals, the kind forged in deliberate, sensible ways through negotiations that maintain predictability in markets, so essential to sound business planning,” he said. “These tariffs represent none of that, having been
enacted by the administration over the objections of its own chief economist who quit over them.”
America erected trade barriers in 1930, which caused trade partners to retaliate. That contributed to a decline in international trade of 50 percent over the course of the Great Depression and likely made the Depression worse as a result.
“These tariffs almost certainly will not end well either,” Tim said in June.
Tim then headed to Canton, home of the historic Lincoln County Courthouse and other architecturally interesting buildings on and around main street. As a former circuit court judge with a lifelong interest in history, Tim is glad to see history honored and preserved. A decade ago, he wrote a book on South Dakota outlaw Verne Sankey.
Tim shook hands and spoke with people in downtown, including customers at the Sioux Valley Grill in downtown.
As Election Day approaches, South Dakotans welcome a chance to talk with the candidates and discuss what matters to them.
Tim entered this race for Congress from the judiciary because he believes it is vital to our democracy that rather than leaving government to career politicians citizens take back the reins of their government.
He promises to work for affordable healthcare for all, fight to protect Social Security and has signed a term limits pledge.
Tim refuses all PAC, Super PAC, corporate, and national Democratic Party money because he doesn’t believe a congressman can stand up to the Special Interests if he takes their money.
“You can’t fight special interests if you are taking their money,” he said.
Tim has promised to cross-train his congressional staff in economic development and have them work with local governments, businesses and residents to take advantage of specific federal programs that are available to towns and cities.
Tim ended the night with a well-attended meet-and-greet fundraiser at Tailgators in Brandon. Two waitresses came to meet and have their pictures taken with him, since will be the first election in which they can vote, and they look forward to supporting Tim.
More than two dozen people came out to hear from Tim, who also was interviewed Brandon Valley Journal editor Jill Meier.
Tim a fifth-generation South Dakotan, is the Democratic candidate for South Dakota’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He will face Republican Dusty Johnson, Libertarian George Hendrickson and independent Ronald Wieczorek in the Nov. 6 election.