Bradford / Two Bulls re-match for District 27
State Rep. Jim Bradford has changed political parties and is challenging incumbent State Senator Theresa Two Bulls in the November general election for a South Dakota Senate seat in District 27.
Bradford announced this on Monday, August 11, at a Jackson County Republican Party meeting. "I have always believed in limited government, personal responsibility, fiscal responsibility and lower taxes. It is the Republican Party that best embodies those philosophies. My political philosophy has always been more conservative. Serving in the majority party will give me the opportunity to be an even more effective representative for District 27," said Bradford, who lives at Pine Ridge.
The South Dakota Republican Party has appointed Bradford as their State Senate candidate for District 27 to challenge Democratic candidate Theresa Two Bulls. "We are very pleased Representative Bradford has decided to join the Republican Party and we look forward to working with him," said Karl Adam, chairman of the South Dakota Republican Party.
"The Republican Party has been working hard to improve its relationship with Native American voters," said Adam. "Representative Bradford will help us continue to make inroads with Native American voters and we look forward to working with him to improve the quality of life on reservations in South Dakota."
If elected, Bradford said he will join the Republican Senate Caucus and vote for Republican candidates for legislative leadership positions.
After four two-year terms in the South Dakota House, Bradford cannot run for another term because of term limits. He challenged Two Bulls in the June Senate primary, in which Bradford lost 1,183 to 1,155. He did not file the necessary papers and petitions for a re-count in each and every county concerned.
Two Bulls said the party switch raised issues about whether Bradford puts his own political ambition before the needs of District 27 residents. "What does it tell the Native American voters in District 27?" Two Bulls said. Two Bulls is a prosecutor for the Oglala Sioux Tribe and is serving her second two-year term in the Senate.
Bradford is a retired teacher who owns and operates a ranch near Pine Ridge. He has served four terms in the House of Representatives. He and his wife, Shirlee, have four children and seven grandchildren. Mrs. Bradford also owns a furniture store in Pine Ridge.