Aberdeen businessman Toby Doeden, after forming an exploratory committee considering running for congress has decided he will not seek public office.
In an announcement released by his exploratory committee, Doeden says he is shifting focus of his efforts to run against Republican incumbent Dusty Johnson and instead plans to try and work as a fundraiser to build what he calls the most powerful conservative coalition in the state’s history.
“South Dakota faces significant challenges, and after extensive conversations statewide, it’s clear that my skills and resources are most urgently needed here, not in Washington, D.C.
Today, I’m announcing a shift in focus: rather than running against Dusty Johnson, I’m dedicating 100% of my efforts to building the most powerful conservative coalition in South Dakota’s history.
“I am personally funding this coalition, as well as raising millions more to put strong conservative fighters into office – so that we can pass on to our children and grandchildren a better South Dakota, a place they’re proud to call home. I want to express my gratitude to each supporter – this is just the beginning of our collective effort to protect South Dakota’s conservative values.”
Doeden goes on to say he will be both personally funding this coalition while also raising money from others to put his desired candidates in office.