Business as usual Tuesday

Business as usual Tuesday
There was nothing out of the ordinary about Tuesday's primary election in Vermillion.

Voter turnout was low. And in all of the races involving a current office-holder, the incumbent easily won.

Jack Billion, a retired surgeon from Sioux Falls, won the Democratic nomination for governor and will face Gov. Mike Rounds in the November general election.


Billion, with 22,519 votes, or 62 percent, defeated his challenger, Dennis Wiese, who received 13,857, or 38 percent of the vote statewide.

Billion's local support was stronger. He received 549, or nearly 74 percent of Clay County Democrats' votes, compared to Wiese, who received 196, or approximately 23 percent of the vote.

Leslie Kephart and Alex Ufford were the top two vote-getters in the Democratic primary for Clay County Commission. They received 486, or 42.9 percent and 290, or 25.6 percent of the vote respectively in a four-man race, defeating Fred Balleweg and Robert J. Kyte, who received 184 votes and 172 votes respectively.

Vermillion Mayor Dan Christopherson was easily re-elected to a four year term, receiving 889, or 77.2 percent of the vote over challengers Brian Fagnan and James A. Johnson.

Ray Hofman will also continue representing th Southeast Ward on the city council. He received 429 votes, or 62.5 percent of the vote to defeat Judy Clark, who received 257 or 37.4 percent of the vote.

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