Annette Bosworth

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Annette Bosworth
Candidate for
U.S. Senate, South Dakota
Place of birthPlankinton, South Dakota
Campaign website
Dr. Annette Bosworth was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from South Dakota.[1] She lost the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014.[2] Bosworth was arrested a day after the primary on six counts of perjury and six counts of filing false election documents.[3]


Bosworth is a doctor of internal medicine and owns the private medical practice, Meaningful Medicine.[4]


Campaign themes


Bosworth listed her ten point pledge on her campaign website. Here is an overview of her ten points.[5]

  • "Repeal Obamacare and replace it with a patient-centric, market based healthcare system that we can afford."
  • "Stop out of control spending: cut, cap, and balance the federal budget."
  • "Fight the intrusiveness of the federal government in all aspects of our lives."
  • "Eliminate our current tax system and replace it with a FairTax."
  • "Secure the Border. No Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants."
  • "Protect and defend all Life and traditional marriage."
  • "Fulfill our Constitutional responsibility to defend America."
  • "Eliminate unnecessary and overly burdensome federal regulations to boost our economy and make America more competitive."
  • "Protect our Constitutional right to bear arms."
  • "Enact term limit legislation to go along with my personal pledge to serve only two terms."



See also: United States Senate elections in South Dakota, 2014

Bosworth ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing South Dakota.[6] She lost the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014, to Mike Rounds.[2]

U.S. Senate, South Dakota Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Rounds 55.5% 41,372
Stace Nelson 18.2% 13,591
Larry Rhoden 17.7% 13,178
Annette Bosworth 5.7% 4,283
Jason Ravnsborg 2.8% 2,066
Total Votes 74,490
Source: Results via Associated Press

Controversies and investigations

Failure to pay allegations

On May 7, 2014, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced he would look into the allegations that Bosworth failed to pay former employees the amount that they were owed. Leann Batiz, a nurse and one of six former employees who have said Bowsworth owes them money, wrote in a letter to state Rep. Steve Hickey, "After a few weeks of receiving $10 less an hour than I was paid as an RN, I started to have to beg for my paycheck every two weeks and she always 'negotiated' a lesser amount than I was owed."[7]

Nominating petitions under review

On May 6, 2014, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced he would investigate nominating petitions submitted by Bosworth and Clayton Walker. The results of the investigation may not be announced until after the election.[8]


Bosworth came under fire after a raffle to raise money for military families to take a fishing trip in Alaska. The raffle was run through Bosworth's non-profit, Preventive Health Strategies. PHS was raffling off 80 acres of farm land in South Dakota. However, the raffle never took place, and two people that purchased tickets for $1,000 each never saw their money. In February 2013, PHS sent the raffle ticket buyers a letter explaining the Defense Department changed the rules, and they could not use the money as planned. They offered a refund. One man, Nate Fluit, did not ask for a refund because he thought the money would still help troops. The raffle deadline was July 15, 2013, but the raffle did not sell the 500 tickets they aimed to. The raffle never took place, and Fluit called for his refund. Fluit was told he would receive his refund in the mail, but the check never came. In November 2013 the raffle was still being advertised by Bosworth on her Meaningful Medicine website, but the partner in the raffle, F.I.R.E. Missions, said they cut ties with Bosworth.[9]

Bosworth's campaign manager, Nate Johnson, released a statement in November 2013. He said, "The issues related to Preventive Health Strategies are issues for the non-profit, and not the Bosworth for Senate campaign."[10]


Press conference

Bosworth held a press conference to condemn critics and the media for using hateful, misogynistic rhetoric to characterize her and other female candidates and politicians. She delivered her message in front of large signs featuring negative and profane words that people have called Bosworth during the campaign. During the conference Bosworth said, "The Democrats talk about a war on women, but much of what you see here is written by the supposedly tolerant liberals. They are hateful, they are hurtful and no person should have to endure it."[11] The full press conference can be viewed here.

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bosworth's reports.[12]


Bosworth has three children. She has also participated in medical mission trips to Haiti and the Philippines[4]

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