Father-Daughter Legislative Team Splitting in 2014 Election Races
As Shantel Krebs puts people on notice that she’s going to be running for Secretary of State, another up and coming legislator is also privately putting friends on notice that she intends to move up in the world.
Republican State Representative Jenna Haggar, who entered the House of Representatives in 2010 as an independent in the toughest district for Republicans in the state, and now enjoys safer territory as a Republican in District 10 after redistricting in 2012, is telling friends of her intent to run for the seat being vacated by Krebs.
Haggar, the Vice Chair of House Education, who also sits on Health and Human Services is one of those candidates who has always left nothing for granted. Put succinctly, Jenna campaigns hard, and would be an early favorite for the open seat.
Jenna’s departure for the Senate leaves an open seat in the District 10 House race, where her seatmate happens to be her father. Don Haggar, was elected for his first term of office in 2012.
In 2012, both Haggars disposed of former Mayor Dave Munson in the June Primary, who many anticipated would have a better showing against Jenna, a bubbly slip of a young woman, and her first-time candidate father. It proved to everyone that campaigning runs in the Haggar family, and you underestimate them at your peril.
Interestingly enough, the Haggars might be the first father-daughter team to serve together in the house from the same district.
However, Representatives Dean and Debra Anderson, representing different districts had an earlier honor of being an earlier father-daughter team serving in the House together. Like the Haggars, Debra (representing Sioux Falls) had been elected first, and both were followed by their fathers.
Debra later followed George Bush to Washington, where she served as White House director of intergovernmental relations. And her father later served as director for the ASCS, and later as Secretary of Agriculture under Governor Janklow.
There’s no word at this point who else might seek the Senate seat, or who might contemplate the now open House seat.
And while it’s a little sad that they’ll no longer be serving in the House together, given their history, any opponents should be prepared for the Haggar’s to be formidable candidates, no matter what office they’re running for.