You may not know who Corinna Robinson, and that would be a shame. Today, I had the opportunity to listen to her speak at the Democratic Forum at the Sioux Falls VFW. After having a chance to have a few people speak and a few candidates running for state positions (Ann Tornberg and Elle Spawn) introduced themselves, Corinna Robinson took the floor.
I want to share a few of my perceptions of this candidate running against Kristi Noem. She is a strong and passionate speaker. One of the things she shared was her biography. A lot of this I did not know. I did know that she had a distinguished military career. I know that she has had the opportunity to lead and be in positions of importance as a military leader and in civilian life. I also know that she has a passion for supporting veterans and military personal. That was about the extent to what I knew about her.
I found out that she is a third generation South Dakotan with about 98% of her family members living here in South Dakota. She grew up in Rapid City and learned the value of hard work. She shared the store that at the age of 16, she worked at McDonalds so that she could afford some new clothes for the school year. She pointed out that she grew up a God-fearing Christian that is still active in attending church.
She shared upon graduating from high school she enrolled in the military with idea of enlisting and then going to school for a criminal justice degree. Things changed and she made a career in the military. It was the severe problems with Washington that drove her to run for Congress. She became so upset when Washington could not get its act together and she had to tell people that they were being furloughed. She gave her two weeks notice and despite her superior trying to convince her to not quit for her family, she felt driven to try and make Washington run better and serve the people of South Dakota.
It is the life experiences and her opportunity to go around the world that has shaped her drive for commitment. When asked how she would be different than Kristi Noem, she stresses her military background. In the military you can't be partisan, you just have to make sure that the job get done. She would approach Congress much like she approached life in the military. She would be vocal and support the people she was charged to protect and serve (the people of South Dakota), and she would fight in Washington for all the people, Democrats, Independents, and Republicans. That is one of the key differences between she and Kristi Noem: leadership. She also doesn't tolerate mediocrity
If you would like to meet Corinna Robinson, she will be at Josiah's Coffeehouse at 1:00 P.M. You can also visit her website at www.corinnaforsd.com. She is very personable and would love to here from you.
By the way, Elle Spawn is running for the District 12 House seat and will be having a meet and greet at Spellerberg Park on Saturday, August 16 from 3-5 P.M. There will be watermelon!