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Donald J. Trump for President 

State Director  Neal Tapio

(Aug. 2015)  Candidate for South Dakota Senate District 5.  Owner of NT Sales and Leasing, Inc. since Sept. 2010.  Founder and owner of New Horizon Homes (builder of single family homes), 2003-10.  Campaign manager on Larry Deidrich for Congress 2004 special election.  Distributor for Cuda Cleaning System, 1996-2003.  Loan officer at Wells Fargo, 1994-96.  Aide to Sen. Larry Pressler in Washington.  Graduate of Moorhead State University.  Born and raised in Watertown; fourth generation South Dakotan.

              Aug. 14, 2016 Press Release reprinted from South Dakota War College:

Neal Tapio to be announced as State Director of South Dakota for the Trump Pence Campaign

Watertown, SD — Today, Neal Tapio, district 5 candidate for State Senate, has agreed to become the Trump Pence State Director for South Dakota.

Tapio has extensive involvement in government and politics that complements his 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and business owner. He has worked as a aide to Senator Larry Pressler and was the campaign manager for US House candidate Larry Diedrich. He has been a general contractor, publisher and currently is the owner of NT Sales and Leasing, Inc. of Watertown.

Most recently, he won the Republican primary for district 5 (Watertown) state Senate. He will be unopposed in the November election.

I’m excited to head up the Trump Campaign in South Dakota. Our goal is to engage every Trump supporter and get them involved in this campaign. Although South Dakota is not a battleground state, we believe volunteers can make a difference in the battleground states of Iowa and Colorado. We are asking every committed Trump fan to get involved. The stakes have never been higher. ”


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Chairman  Pam Roberts

(elected March 2015)  Secretary of Labor to Govs. Daugaard and Rounds to Oct. 2013; Chief of Operations to Gov. Janklow; Commissioner of Personnel to Gov. Mickelson and Gov. Miller from 1989; and special assistant to Gov. Janklow and Gov. Mickelson from 1979.  Roberts and her husband, Clay, operate their family's ranch in Stanley and Lyman counties.  Bachelor's degree in commercial economics from South Dakota State University, 1977.

Executive Director  Ryan Budmayr

(from Mar. 1, 2016)  Director of business development for Lemonly, a visual design agency in Sioux Falls.  Served in the Office of Governor Daugaard and as a business development representative and Director of International Trade in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development until 2014.  West River director on the Daugaard for Governor campaign in 2010.  Degree in political science from University of South Dakota; served as student body president and chair of South Dakota College Republicans.  Belle Fourche native.