I was born and raised in South Dakota and have lived in Mission (Rosebud Reservation), Rapid City, and currently reside in Sioux Falls.
I attended public and private schools and since graduating have worked in the security/law enforcement and insurance industries and run my own maintenance services business.
My wife Kristin and I have three children, Payley, Piper, and Eliyah. Each one inspires us to be engaged in our community.
As a father to a child with a rare life threatening disability, I have spent years advocating to the state legislature on his behalf and the behalf of anyone who would benefit from the use of Medical Cannabis. I have spent years researching the different medical uses of this amazing plant and firmly believe that our government needs to open access to this plant for the sick and disabled.
My son has Medicaid as a supplement to our primary insurance. The role Medicaid plays in our society is crucial in obtaining a quality of life for the poor and disabled. I know we can implement programs, better programs, to help bridge the poor off of welfare and Medicaid that will achieve better long term savings instead of slashing Medicaid's funding by 1 trillion dollars over 10 years. We are better than this; we can do better than this. We are the greatest nation on the planet and we don't have to indiscriminately limit medical coverage for the disabled as our first action in repealing Obamacare.
"My newest article, the interview I did with George Hendrickson! Not music related at all, obviously, but I'm still pretty proud of it considering it was my first interview. Took me forever since the interview lasted almost 2 hours. He's a really awesome guy. We may not agree on everything politically(seriously how many people agree on everything anyway?), but I agree with him that REAL PEOPLE need to be elected... not just professional politicians. If you see him around, make a point to talk to him. He's a super cool dude, I had a great time getting to know him through the interview." Brandilyn Rae
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For Immediate Release: George Hendrickson, currently an Independent candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, announced Thursday he will seek the Libertarian Party's nomination for the office.
Hendrickson, a 47-year-old former police officer and small business owner, said in a release that he believes the Libertarian Party's core philosophy of individual liberty mirrors his own ideals of Constitutional freedom.
Currently running unopposed in the Libertarian primary, Hendrickson said while he looks forward to working with party faithful, he remains committed to political independence and providing a sensible alternative to the two-party status quo.
"People are starting to realize that the two-party system of cronyism and power brokering is what has gotten us into our current mess," Hendrickson said in a release.
"I am not a career politician or a member of the 'good old boy network,'" Hendrickson said. " I am just a citizen answering the call for service. When my work is done, I'll come back home."
S.D. Libertarian Party chairman Aaron Aylward said the party is excited to welcome Hendrickson into the party membership. While the Libertarian Party does not officially endorse any candidate until after the primary, Aylward added that Hendrickson's campaign platform of limited and accountable government certainly belongs in the SDLP.
"We love it when candidates, from any party, step up and fight for the cause of personal freedom," Aylward said in the release. "George and his platform are welcome here, and if he is our nominee, we will throw all of our support behind him."
Hendrickson said his priorities as Congressman will include fighting for congressional term limits, tax and bureaucracy reform, breaking the cycle of welfare recidivism, working toward a balanced budget, and federal descheduling of cannabis to help provide relief for the sick and disabled.
Hendrickson believes that the United States government was intended to serve the American people, not the other way around. That belief, he said, will guide the many tasks which lay ahead of him as South Dakota's next Congressman.
"My campaign slogan sums it up," Hendrickson said. "And that is, 'Beholden only to you, the people of South Dakota.'"
The Hendrickson campaign has also scheduled a preliminary series of "town hall" meetings on both sides of the state, including:
Monday, February 5 - 6:30 to 7:30pm, Sioux Falls Library - Prairie West Branch 7630 W. 26th St. in Sioux Falls.
Wednesday, February 7 - 6:30 to 7:30pm, Sioux Falls Library - Ronning Branch 3100 E. 49th St. in Sioux Falls.
Thursday, February 8 - 6:30 to 7:30pm Sioux Falls Library _Caille Branch 4100 Carnegie Cir. in Sioux Falls.
Monday, February 12 - 6:00 to 8:00pm Belle Fourche Area Community Center 1111 National St. in Belle Fourche.
Tuesday, February 13 - 6:00 to 8:00pm Location Pending, Rapid City.
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