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Craig Hanrahan throws hat into political ring

Craig Hanrahan, a rancher northwest of Philip, has announced that he will seek the state Senate seat in the newly formed District 27, which includes Haakon, Jackson, Bennett and Shannon counties.

A Republican and a lifelong resident of Haakon County, Hanrahan said he looks forward to traveling the district and hearing the concerns of his neighbors.

“I believe that good decisions create good opportunities,” he said. “I am anxious and ready to work on the issues important to my friends and neighbors in District 27.”

Hanrahan is serving his 15th year on the Haakon School Board and is the chairman.

“I understand the tough issues that are facing our education system, and I am ready to work hard to achieve results for our children,” he said. “I know the tough decisions that our schools have to make and the impact those decisions have on local taxes. I will take that unique perspective with me to Pierre.”

Hanrahan, who lives 50 miles northwest of Philip, is a lifelong farmer and rancher. He and his family are producers in the newly created South Dakota Certified Beef program, and he said he knows firsthand the challenges facing the agriculture industry in South Dakota. “Agriculture is the lifeblood of South Dakota,” he said. “I am committed to creating new opportunities not only for our farmers and ranchers but also for small-business owners in our rural communities.”

Hanrahan and his wife, Debbie, have four grown children – one daughter in the Air Force, two sons and one daughter helping at home.