Nader Campaign Organization, South Dakota
Nader for President 2008

Tom Diggins State Coordinator Rapid City

"On Saturday October 11, 2008 consumer advocate and Presidential candidate Ralph Nader will host a press conference at 2:00pm in the Downtown Holiday Inn Sioux Falls, 100 West Eighth St. Sioux Falls, SD 57104.  He will speak about the economic giveaway, single-payer health care, the Iraq War, the environment, and the state of the Presidential debates from which he was excluded."

Qualifying for the Ballot

PRESS RELEASE from Nader for President 2008

August 4, 2008

News Advisory
Contact: (Washington) Chris Driscoll, 202-360-3273,; (South Dakota) Tom Diggins, 605-716-2188,


Supporters of Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader Tues., Aug. 5, will submit petitions to to the South Dakota Secretary of State's Office, Board of Elections, to place Mr. Nader and running-mate Matt Gonzalez on the November 2008 election ballot.

South Dakota will be the 23rd state in which the Nader/Gonzalez Campaign has filed for a ballot line since the celebrated consumer advocate announced his intent to run during a February 24 appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press". To qualify to appear on South Dakota's ballot, state law requires submission of the signatures of 3,356 registered voters. The Nader/Gonzalez campaign will submit more than 6,000 signatures.

Tom Diggins, South Dakota Nader/Gonzalez 2008 Coordinator, will be available at 2 p.m. on the front steps of the Capitol to answer news media questions.

WHO:  South Dakota Supporters of Nader/Gonzalez 2008 Campaign
WHAT: Turn-in of nominating petitions and press availability
WHEN: 2 p.m., Tues. Aug. 5, 2008
WHERE: State Capitol (front steps) 500 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501

About Ralph Nader

Celebrated attorney, author and consumer advocate Ralph Nader has been named by Time Magazine one of the "100 Most Influential Americans in the 20th Century". For more than four decades he has exposed problems and organized millions of citizens into more than 100 public interest groups advocating solutions. He led the movement to establish the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and enact the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and countless other pieces of important consumer legislation. Because of Ralph Nader we drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water, and work in safer environments. Nader graduated from Princeton University and received an LL.B from the Harvard Law School.

About Matt Gonzalez

Matt Gonzalez was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2000 representing San Francisco's fifth council district. From 2003 to 2005 he served as Board of Supervisors President. A former public defender, Gonzalez is managing partner of Gonzalez & Leigh, a 7-attorney practice in San Francisco that represents individuals and organizations in mediation, arbitration, and administrative proceedings before state and federal regulatory bodies. Gonzalez graduated from Columbia University and received a JD from Stanford Law School.

About the Nader/Gonzalez Campaign

According to a CNN-Opinion Research Corp. poll conducted from July 27-29, Ralph Nader is at 6 percent nationally, higher than his highest major poll numbers during the same time period in 2000 and approaching the 10 percent threshold required for eligibility to participate in "America's Presidential Debate in New Orleans", Google-sponsored event scheduled for September 18. In the key swing state of Michigan -- whose voters were partially disenfranchised by the Democratic National Committee -- an EPIC-MRA poll found Nader at 8-10 percent.

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