Capital Journal: Libertarian challenging Johnson for U.S. House seat

Randy "Uriah" Luallin

Randy “Uriah” Luallin

From the Capital Journal in Pierre, South Dakota, on October 5, 2020:

“First-term U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., faces a challenge from Libertarian Party candidate Randy ‘Uriah’ Luallin in the Nov. 3 general election.

“No Democrat filed for the position this year.

“South Dakota has only one seat in the U.S. House, which Gov. Kristi Noem held for eight years before she decided to run for her current office in 2018. This ultimately led to the election of Johnson, a 1995 graduate of Pierre’s T.F. Riggs High School, to Congress.”

“Running as a Libertarian, Luallin, a Hot Springs resident, began a 10-day tour of eastern South Dakota on Sept. 30. After talking with voters in Pierre, he and his wife, Rajni, headed to Gettysburg.

“‘It seemed like a huge task, actually an important task’, Luallin said of running for Congress. ‘I’ve been distraught concerning the division in this country — a very dysfunctional duality. My main objective is to bring it back together.’

“Luallin said he has run for local political offices in the past; one being for county commissioner in Boulder County, Louisville, Colorado. He said he has lived in South Dakota ‘pushing six years,’ and has run for Fall River County Commissioner. He said he believes running as a Libertarian is an advantage.

“’People are becoming disillusioned with the current establishment,’ Luallin said. ‘I can walk with both camps — Democrat and Republican — because I share a lot of the same things.’

“As a Libertarian, Luallin advocates the concept of smaller government in every aspect of life.

“’Our military strength should be for defensive purposes,’ Luallin said. ‘I am a veteran — Army infantry. We have a fine military; it should not be used to ingratiate interest groups or whomever.’

“’There is a tremendous need to remove the government intrusion into our lives, homes, businesses, and our pocketbooks. True liberty, true freedom, requires we are the best judge of what deals with us. As long as we are not hurting someone else or damaging property, we should be left alone,’ he added.”

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