Polls open Tuesday by David Lias Voters residing in Vermillion's Northwest Ward will go to the polls Tuesday, April 11 to elect an alderman to the Vermillion City Council.
Voting booths will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 603 Princeton. Voters will be asked to choose either incumbent Richard Burbach or his challenger, John E. (Jack) Powell to fill a two-year term on the city council.
Other holders of local government offices whose terms will soon expire have filed nominating petitions for re-election, but are facing no opposition and will not need to participate in an election.
Vermillion School Board incumbents Tom Craig and Mark Bottolfson are unopposed and will each serve another three-year term on the board.
The following incumbent members of the Vermillion City Council have filed nominating petitions for two-year terms and are unopposed: Barbara Yelverton, Central Ward; Gary Wright, Northeast Ward; Mayor William Radigan and Alderman Roger Kozak, Southeast Ward. Kevin Annis will serve another one-year term representing the Northeast Ward.
Nominating petitions have also been filed by local individuals seeking election to the Clay County Commission and the South Dakota Legislature.
A Democratic primary election will be needed June 6 for voters to select three of four Democrats running for county commission. Nominating petitions have been filed by Ralph Westergaard and Heath Nelson, both of Wakonda, William P. O'Connor, Burbank, and Tom Vogel, Vermillion.
A Republican primary election won't be necessary
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for county commission. Auditor Ruth Brunick reports that three Republicans have filed petitions: incumbent William Willroth Sr., Mary E. Jensen and Dick Brown, all of Vermillion. They are automatically nominated for the three positions that will soon be vacant on the commission.
It appears that incumbent County Commissioner Paul Hasse has decided not to run for re-election.
No one is opposing State's Attorney Tami Bern and Clay County Treasurer Catherine Powell, both of Vermillion. They automatically will serve another term in office.
As of the Plain Talk's press time, it appears that no primary election will be needed in June for District 17 House or District 17 Senate.
Democrats B.J. Nesselhuf and Maxine Johnson, both of Vermillion, have filed nominating petitions for the district's two House seats. Incumbent Republican Representatives Judy Clark, Vermillion and H. Junior Engbrecht, Marion are seeking re-election.
Republican Donna J. Schafer and incumbent Democrat John J. Reedy, both of Vermillion, have filed petitions for District 17 Senate.
The South Dakota Secretary of State's office reports that the final list of legislative candidates won't be known until after the Plain Talk's press time on Thursday. House or Senate candidates may file petitions by registered mail in Pierre until 5 p.m. April 6.