South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem ® formally announced her 2022 reelection bid Friday afternoon.
Noem announced her run via a campaign video posted to YouTube.
“Together we’re setting an example for the nation,” Noem said. “And we’ll ensure that the next generation of South Dakotans can grow up happy and free.”
The Republican governor, who is the only person to announce her bid for the South Dakota governorship so far, enters her reelection campaign with over $10 million in her war chest, according to the Argus Leader.
Noem, a staunch conservative and ally of former President Trump, became the first female governor in South Dakota history in 2018. In February, she participated in a fundraiser at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida amid speculation about a potential 2024 presidential bid. Noem was among several members of the GOP including Gov. Ron DeSantis (Fla.) thought to be mulling a campaign for president.