With public service being an important part of Scott Parsley’s life, serving as a South Dakota state representative seems natural for the East River Electric Power Cooperative assistant general manager of member services.
Parsley was elected Nov. 6, 2012, and was sworn in at the State Capitol in Pierre, SD, Jan. 8, 2013. He will serve the citizens of District 8, which includes the counties of Lake, Miner, Moody and Sanborn.
“I am very excited and honored for the confidence the voters had in me,” he says.
Several issues top his list of priorities for the upcoming session. “We need to restore state funding lost in 2011 that has had a damaging effect on areas such education, as well as those receiving Medicaid.”
Parsley also says that incentivizing economic developments and implementing meaningful prison reform are also key issues. “South Dakota has the highest incarceration rate per capita in the region and one of the highest in the nation, so there needs to be better alternatives.”
As the legislature has become more urbanized over the past several years, especially with the growth in the Sioux Falls and Rapid City areas, Parsley says there is a need to have a strong voice in Pierre to represent the rural areas.
Having a co-op employee as an elected official can offer significant benefits to the membership, Parsley says. “I believe I bring a good understanding of energy development and energy taxation and will use my knowledge to look out for our members’ interests.”