Hello, my name is Cooper Garnos and I am running
for election in the District 21 State Senate race.
I am a teacher, farmer/rancher, current legislator,
father and husband, and a small business owner.
You have a very important choice to make on November
7th as to who will represent you in our state legislature.
I believe I have many common ties with you, the
voters of District 21, and will best represent you.
I have had the privilege to serve in the South Dakota
Legislature during the past eight years. I have
served on the education, taxation, state affairs,
and state-tribal relations committees. I have also
had the opportunity to serve on the leadership team
in the State House of Representatives as a majority
whip for the last four years. I have also served
on committees on the national level for the National
Conference of State Legislators, been a graduating
member of the Bohay Institute of Leadership, and
have been selected as a member of ACYPL (American
Council of Young Political Leaders).
I am a lifelong resident of Lyman County. I graduated
from Lyman County High School in 1985, went on to
get my Bachelor's degree in education from Dakota
Wesleyan University in Mitchell, and then earned
a Master's degree in education from South Dakota
State University. In 2004 I earned an Education
Specialist Degree from USF.I am a South Dakotan
through and through--raised on South Dakota values
and South Dakota beef.
I taught physical education and social studies for
13 years in Presho for the Lyman School District.
I work with my Dad and Mom (Owen and Sally Garnos)
and brother Quint on our family farm and ranch operation.
The Garnos family farm has been in operation for
over one hundred years, worked by four generations.
During the fall months we are also involved in the
commercial hunting business.
My work as a teacher gave me a deeper appreciation
of the young people we have here in the middle of
the state. We must continue to provide the very
best public education we can with the resources
available. Technology must be part of that education.
Ranchers in the most remote areas of the state rely
on computers and fax machines to assist their operations.
We are indeed a part of the global community.
I pledge to do everything in my power to retain
as much control as possible at the local level regarding
the recreational opportunities, the use of the water,
development and implementation of water projects,
and the preservation of our natural environment.
Property taxes, gaming issues, education, personal
freedoms and the protection of our number one industry,
agriculture continue to be issues statewide, and
I will appreciate your input on any proposals that
come before the legislature. Learning to balance
the interests of the urban populations and the agricultural
sector will be a challenge facing all legislators.
Your knowledge and experience can give me a running
start in the new legislature.
I am actively seeking your support for election.
I would surely appreciate your vote on Election
Day, November 7th.
Cooper Garnos - Working Together for District
#21. (Brule, Buffalo, Charles Mix, Lyman, Jones,