Who Is Jay Williams?

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Jay Williams is the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate.

MEET JAY WILLIAMS’ OPPONENT SEN. JOHN THUNE

He grew up on a farm near Gettysburg, SD according to his campaign’s website.

He attended the University of Wisconsin on a Navy scholarship. There he met his wife Carol and moved back to Yankton, SD.

Wiliams has served in the U.S. Navy and Peace Corps.

He started a small business in Yankton called Excelltech Inc. and has served on the school board.

Williams’ senate bid marks a big change for South Dakota Democrats who failed to field a candidate when Thune first ran for re-election in 2010.

“I think it was a huge mistake not to do it six years ago and I think we’re correcting it now,” Williams said in a February interview with KELO-TV. You can read more about Williams’ stances on the issues on his campaign website.

Watch Williams debate Republican incumbent John Thune here.

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