Wirth, Raver seeking U.S. House seat

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Two Democrats say they are running for the U.S. House seat currently held by South Dakota Republican Dusty Johnson.

A financial crime specialist from Dell Rapids, Brian Wirth, is treasurer of the Minnehaha County Democratic Party. He lost to state Senator Kris Langer in District 25 last year.

The 36-year-old Wirth says he wants to bring attention to the problems of gerrymandering in his campaign. The Argus Leader says Wirth also wants to focus on Republicans' tax increases and Democrats' work to support health care and higher wages for residents.

Another Democrat, 32-year-old Whitney Raver of Custer, also says she is seeking to unseat Johnson. Raver lost in her bid to represent District 30 in the South Dakota House last year.

Johnson, in his first term in Congress, hasn't announced yet that's he seeking re-election.

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