Girl power

By Jason Ferguson


For what is presumably the first time in history, the Custer City Council is about to become all female.

That’s because both female challengers for a two-year term on the council—Carrie Moore in Ward III and Dixie Whittaker in Ward I—defeated their male incumbent opponents in yesterday’s primary election.

Whittaker won by a 93-58 vote, while Moore piled up 136 votes to Heinrich’s 61.

In the race for a four-year term as Custer County Sheriff, current sheriff Marty Mechaley coasted to a 1,116 to 554 win over challenger Jim Daggett. He advances to the fall general election, where he will face two Independent candidates—Harry Martinez and Doug Kimball.

Three four-year terms on the Custer County Commission were hotly contested all night, but in the end it was Mike Linde who received the most votes with 936, followed by incumbent Jim Lintz with 834 votes and Craig Hindle with 643 votes. The three will all take their place on the county commission in 2019, as all three are Republicans and no other party members filed a petition. Vote totals for the other candidates were: Travis Bies 596, Heath Lowry 537, Shannon Lehmann 285, Bill Kirsch 212, James Schade 145 and Devin Carter 92.

In the race for the two three-year terms on the Custer School District Board of Education, incumbent Jeff Prior will return to the board after leading the way with 933 votes, and will be joined by newcomer Jeff Barnes, who received 859 votes. Current board member Larry Baker received 752 votes.

In Hermosa, long-time incumbent Dan Holsworth will retain his seat on the Hermosa Town Board after receiving 71 votes to challenger Berni Flug’s 51. The race was for a three-year term on the board.

In the race for a two-year term in the South Dakota Senate, Republican incumbent Lance Russell advanced to the general election by receiving 942  votes compared to 446 for former state senator Bruce Rampelberg and 217 votes for Patricia Shiery. Russell will face Libertarian candidate Gideon Oakes and Democratic candidate Kristine Ina Winter in this fall’s general election.

The vote on Constitutional Amendment Y, an amendment to the South Dakota Constitution revising certain provisions relating to the rights of crime victims, otherwise known as “Marsy’s Law,”  was overwhelming approved by state voters, passing with 82 percent of the vote.

Current South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem scored a somewhat surprisingly easy win over current state attorney general Marty Jackley in the race to be the Republican candidate for governor in this fall’s election, capturing 57 percent of the vote. Noem piled up over 50,000 votes to around 37,384 for Jackley with only one precinct left to report as of press time.

In race for the U.S. House of Representatives, Dusty Johnson will be the Republican representative on the fall ballot, gathering 47 percent of the vote, compared to 28 percent for Shantel Krebs and 24 percent for Neal Tapio.

In another race of possible interest, Rapid City voters, by a 60 percent to 40 percent margin, authorized the issuance of sales tax revenue bonds and lease certificates not to exceed $110 million to construct a new civic center.