Oakes joins Goodwin, Frye-Mueller in signing taxpayer protection pledge
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Libertarian State Senate Candidate Gideon Oakes announced Tuesday morning he had joined incumbent Legislative District 30 Representatives Tim Goodwin and Julie Frye-Mueller in signing the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
“I’m proud to join my friends Representatives Goodwin and Frye-Mueller in signing this important pledge,” Oakes said in a statement. “It’s an important contract between ourselves and the voters of District 30. It’s a matter of going on the record with a clear promise to not increase taxes.”
The pledge, whose signers can be viewed online at https://www.atr.org/pledge-database, reads as follows: “I, candidate’s name, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of candidate’s state, that I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.”
Oakes, a real estate agent and former restaurateur from Keystone, served two terms on the Keystone Town Board and in several volunteer capacities prior to entering the senate race in March.
“From the start, we have brought a consistent message of increased economic freedom and individual liberty,” Oakes said. “This pledge backs up my motto of ‘Life, Liberty and Limited Government.’”
Americans for Tax Reform distributes the pledge to federal, statewide and state legislative candidates and incumbents in all fifty states, according to the organization’s website. The conservative taxpayer advocacy group was founded in 1985 by Grover Norquist.
“By signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, candidates and incumbents make a written commitment to oppose any and all tax increases,” its website states. “While ATR has the role of promoting and monitoring the Pledge, the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is made to a candidate's constituents, who deserve to know where candidates stand on the tax issue.”
As of August 28, incumbent Senator Lance Russell had not signed the pledge, according to the online pledge database.
Russell’s campaign faced legal scrutiny earlier in the month when his candidacy was challenged in circuit court on grounds that his renomination after his withdrawal to run for attorney general violated a state election law which reads in part, “No name so withdrawn shall be printed upon the ballots to be used at such election.”
Circuit Judge Patricia DeVaney dismissed the case after the South Dakota Republican Party, represented by Pierre attorney Justin Bell, argued that the will of the voters should be followed and that state laws should be construed liberally in favor of ballot access.