Tuesday election winners now look to November vote By: David Lias
Plain Talk By David Lias Plain Talk Local candidates who garnered the most votes in Tuesdayâ�?�?s local primary voting wonâ�?�?t have long to rest. Summer goes fast in South Dakota, meaning only a brief respite of a few months before many of this weekâ�?�?s victors will have to gear up and campaign once again for the November general election. District 17 Legislature District 17, which consists of Clay County and most of Turner County, featured a Democratic primary for the House. Incumbent Eldon Nygaard and former legislator John Reedy, both of Vermillion, advanced to the general election with a respective 1,287 and 1,037 votes. They were followed by Thomas Jones of Viborg with 958 and Caitlin Collier of Vermillion with 903. Nygaard and Reedy now face Republican incumbent Jamie Boomgarden of Chancellor. Another GOP candidate has withdrawn and can be replaced by party officials for the general election. Clay County Commission: Both Republicans and Democrats throughout Clay County needed to take their time Tuesday as they made their selections among a long list of county commission candidates. In November, local voters will select three individuals to fill at-large openings on the commission. Republicans advancing to the general election include Donna Schafer and Craig Myron, both of Vermillion with a respective 478 and 421 votes, and Travis Mockler of Centerville with 357. The fourth candidate, Paul Hagenbuch of Vermillion, received 251. The Democratic field in November will include Leo Powell with 994 votes, Raymond (Dusty) Passick 949 and Jerry Wilson 691. Powell and Wilson are from Vermillion, while Passick is from Burbank. The other Democrats in the primary were Marilyn Rohrer of Wakonda 562, Robert Kyte of Burbank 203 and Gerald Holman of Vermillion 159. The Republican and Democratic winners will be challenged by independents Dennis Zimmerman of Vermillion and Harlan Nielsen of Beresford in the general election. Philip Tigert of Vermillion defeated Alton Siecke, also of Vermillion in the Republican primary contest for county coroner by a 487-214 margin.