Longtime state Senator Cap Dierks of Ewing finished second in this week’s primary election behind newcomer Tyson Larson of O’Neill. At age 77, Dierks is the oldest and longest-serving member of the legislature. Larson is 24 and was born in 1986, the same year Dierks first started serving in the Unicameral.
Dierks gives Larson credit for his superior finish in the primary. “I knew he’d been working time-and-a-half all the while we were in our session so he had quite a head start on me,” Dierks says. “He hasn’t left a stone unturned, he’s been all over the district and he’s done his homework.”
The two will face off again for the legislative seat this fall. Dierks says he will have an effective strategy heading toward the November election. “I have a good committee and we’ll be getting together and doing some plotting and planning,” Dierks says. “I’m pretty confident that we’ll do well.”
Larson ran hard on his youth and new ideas. Dierks, a 20-year veteran lawmaker, isn’t buying the argument that age is an issue in this race. “I don’t think so,” he says, “but I think someone might be trying to make it that.”
Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton