My Lake Herman neighbor Gene E. Kroger pops up on SDPB-YouTube to introduce himself to District 8 voters. He has only been in the race for three weeks, as he took the ballot spot of Rep. Patricia Stricherz, who withdrew from the race.

The three most important quotes from Kroger's brief speech:

Remember the Alamo.

There's no such thing as a free lunch.

I know we all have difficulty remembering names, but if you picture in your mind a house with a crow on the roof making a grrr noise like a dog: grrr. House. Crow. Grrr.

If you think Pierre needs more mnemonics, more cliché and more random historical references, Gene Kroger's your man.