PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — State Sen. Dave Knudson of Sioux Falls has started a campaign committee to seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2010.
Knudson's statement of organization for a campaign committee was filed Monday with the secretary of state's office, making him the fourth Republican in the race.
The South Dakota Senate majority leader said he has been considering running for governor for a long time because he is interested in public policy.
"I feel like South Dakota has got a lot of serious problems. We need to confront those problems head-on and look for solutions," Knudson said. "I see myself as a problem-solving kind of person."
Knudson, 58, is a lawyer who served two temporary terms as chief of staff for Gov. Bill Janklow in 1995 and 1999. He first won a seat in the Senate in 2002 and is now serving his fourth term, which means he will be term-limited in the Senate in 2010.
He said his top priorities are making sure K-12 education is properly funded, reducing property taxes, and emphasizing economic development and the role technical education plays in development.
South Dakota law now provides that state aid to school districts increases each year by the rate of inflation or 3 percent, whichever is less. Knudson would like to change that annual increase to 4 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is greater, with the provision that it cannot grow any faster than the state general fund.