U.S. Rep. Stace Nelson, (R-19th District) announced his run for the U.S. Senate Sunday afternoon, at the VFW on Main Street in Rapid City. People gathered outside the VFW to welcome him, with signs and balloons.
Nelson says he entered the race because he believes there aren't any conservative candidates.
Over the years, Nelson says he's received requests to run for Senate, and it was a difficult decision to enter the race, but he says he couldn't say no to his country.
Nelson says South Dakotans and the United States deserve leaders who are accountable, and won't tell you one thing while they do another. "We need to get back to that, and that's what I will bring to this race, is to tell to South Dakotans, to tell Americans, where I stand on the issues," said Nelson. "And look them in the eye and tell them what my values are, what my history is, and how I will serve them in the U.S. Senate."
Those who attended got free T-shirts and refreshments.