Former Gov. Mike Rounds hired Jason Williams as his statewide coalitions director for his Senate campaign, according to a Tuesday announcement.
Williams has worked on several South Dakota campaigns, including as Rep. Kristi Noem's coalitions director when she defeated former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, a Democrat, in 2010.
“Jason believes in the importance of personal relationships at the local level," Rounds said in a release. "Very few individuals understand the effort like he does. We’re grateful to have Jason on board — he’s a tremendous asset.”
(See also in Roll Call: Search for Anti-Rounds Candidate Continues in South Dakota)
Rounds recently hired GOP veteran operative Dick Wadhams.
This is an open-seat race to replace Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson, who is retiring.
Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rates this race as Lean Republican.
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