Matt Varilek

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Matt Varilek
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Candidate for
U.S. House, South Dakota, at-large District
PartyDemocratic
Education
High schoolYankton High School
Bachelor'sCarleton College
Master'sUniversity of Glasgow and University of Cambridge
Personal
Place of birthYankton, South Dakota
ProfessionBusinessman, Economic Development Director for U.S. Senator Tim Johnson
Websites
Campaign website
Matt Varilek was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the At-Large Congressional District of South Dakota. Varilek defeated Jeff Barth in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012.[1]

On April 24, 2012, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee designated South Dakota's at-large district as a targeted race, and added Varilek to its "Emerging Race" candidate program.[2]

Issues

Campaign themes

According to Varilek's website, his campaign themes included:

  • Health care: "Congress should look forward, not backward...Congress should work on further improvements to our health care system."
  • Economy: "We need to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit and make sure that our government is a partner to business."
  • Education: "...will work to protect programs like Impact Aid that are so important to rural schools, and fight to ensure that unreasonable burdens aren’t placed on rural schools with fewer resources than large schools."[3]

Elections

2012

See also: South Dakota's At-Large Congressional District elections, 2012

Varilek was defeated by incumbent Kristi Noem.[4] Varilek ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent South Dakota's at-large District. He defeated Jeff Barth in the June 5, 2012, Democratic primary.[1] Incumbent Kristi Noem (R) ran unopposed in the Republican primary.[5]

In 2012, Noem was re-elected to the U.S. Congress, representing South Dakota's At-Large Congressional District.[6]

U.S. House, South Dakota At-Large District General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKristi Noem 57.4% 207,640
     Democratic Matt Varilek Incumbent 42.6% 153,789
Total Votes 361,429
Source: South Dakota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Endorsements

  • Argus Leader[7]
  • Former Sen. Tom Daschle
  • Former Sen. George McGovern[8]

Campaign donors

2012

Breakdown of the source of Varilek's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Varilek lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Varilek's campaign committee raised a total of $983,834 and spent $979,601.[9]

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Personal

Varilek and his wife, Maggie, have two daughters, Willa and Mae.

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