(SD)-Sutton Picks Ex-GOP Woman As Running Mate
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The Democratic nominee for governor of South Dakota has picked a longtime Republican businesswoman to be his running mate.
State Senator and former professional rodeo cowboy Billie Sutton says Sioux Falls businesswoman Michelle Lavallee, who switched parties to join the ticket, brings "balance and bipartisanship" to his campaign.
Sutton says Lavallee has the experience to help build a stronger state economy after having worked in management roles at Raven Industries, Avera McKennan Hospital and the University of South Dakota.
Lavallee says South Dakota is ready to break away from "politics as usual, regardless of political affiliation."
Sutton is trying to become the first Democratic governor elected in South Dakota since 1974, but faces popular Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem in the general election.
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