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Matt McGovern reflects on time with grandfather

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At times, their relationship was like millions of others - grandpa and grandson.

"He'd always greet us at the door with a big hug and say, 'well, look who's here!'," said Matt McGovern.

At other times, George McGovern, the man committed to serving his country, cast quite a shadow.

"He cared about everyone. He really believed one person could make a difference and make the world a better place."

Matt McGovern is one of George's ten grandchildren. Now running for Public Utilities Commission, Matt says his grandpa had sage advice when running for a public office.

"He would always say don't say anything publicly that you wouldn't also say privately. It's another way of saying, always say what's on your mind whether it's popular or not."

Since moving to Sioux Falls in 2008, Matt grew even closer to his grandpa. KSFY asked him what it meant to carry on the McGovern name.

"People expect that you're going to want to be involved in public service and just trying to do good for people. And, I think that's something we all think about in the family. He set an example serving the public."

The last time Matt spoke with his grandpa was the day before George entered hospice care. He says the conversation was like thousands of others they had.

"We were talking about politics and football games. The kind of things we would always talk about. It just seemed like a good time for us. I was glad I got to speak to him one more time."

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