Herseth Sandlin, Johnson will return to Capitol Hill By David Lias �? �? �? There was little doubt that Tim Johnson, Vermillionâ�?�?s hometown boy, would be returned to the U.S. Senate by Clay County voters Tuesday. �? �? �? Democratic Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin also won another term in the U.S. House with little difficulty, both county-wide and across the state. �? �? �? Johnson received 75 percent of the vote in Clay County, defeating Republican challenger Joel Dykstra 4,637-1,545 in Clay County. �? �? �? Herseth Sandlin similarly won re-election by a wide margin. She received slightly more than 78 percent of the vote, defeating challenger Chris Lien 4,793-1,330 in Clay County. �? �? �? Those figures perhaps demonstrate the ease with which a Democratic candidate can garner votes in Clay County. Statewide, both Johnson and Herseth Sandlin won by significant margins, but they werenâ�?�?t as large as in Clay County. �? �? �? With 756 of 799 precincts reporting Tuesday night, Johnson was able to declare victory, holding a 62.5 to 37.5 percent lead over Dykstra. �? �? �? At the same moment, Herseth Sandlin was clearly cruising to her fourth victory in her Congressional career since winning the seat in a special election in 2004. She led with approximately 68 percent of the vote. �? �? �? In a press release issued Wednesday, Johnson indicated he is looking forward to returning to work in Washington, DC with a new Democratic president and new opportunities in the Senate. �? �? �? Congress will come into session later this month for reorganization when much more will be known about the overall shape and leadership that will come into power this January.�? �? �? �? â�?�?There is obviously great hope for the new president of the United States.�? The overwhelming mandate received by President-elect Obama highlights the desire in our country for a new direction. This is time for unity and action,â�? Johnson said. â�?�?As a nation and as your representatives, we all must come together to get the job done.�? We face challenging times, from our economy to our national security to providing affordable health care to moving toward 21st century energy solutions.�? �? �? �? �? â�?�?These priorities must be addressed in addition to a mounting budget deficit.�? I will continue to use my seniority to be a voice for the people of South Dakota on these issues.�? Now that election day is behind us, the tough work begins,â�? he said. Herseth Sandlin called her win "a great victoryâ�? but also said she will continue with the kind of bipartisan congressional work that South Dakota voters expect. �? �? �? â�?�?I bring a healthy dose of South Dakota common sense to Congress, of wanting to move forward rather than have stalemates,â�? she told the Rapid City Journal Tuesday.�? â�?�?I think, clearly, that Republicans and Independents are trusting me more, and I'm overcoming some of the skepticism that perhaps some voters had of me when I was first running.â�? �? �? �? Herseth Sandlin lost her first congressional race to formidable Republican Gov. Bill Janklow in 2002. But she came back in a competitive campaign to beat Republican Larry Diedrich in a special election in June 2004 for the seat after Janklow was convicted of vehicular manslaughter. She beat Diedrich again in the fall for her first full House term. �? �? �? Herseth Sandlin praised Lien for having the courage to take on a demanding statewide campaign and run it cleanly. �? �? �? â�?�?I appreciate the kind of campaign he ran, and that the tone stayed positive and focused on the issues,â�? she said. �?
Ardell K. Hatch, 93, of Vermillion, passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at the Sanford Vermillion Hospital. Ardell was born … Read Article