Local election polls are open June 8

The political fate of several individuals will be decided by voters in local polling places Tuesday, June 8.

There are people in Clay County who hope to one day lead the city of Vermillion or serve on its city council.

Others are interested in holding an office with the Clay County Commission, or in the county courthouse.
And, for several months now, several individuals have been criss-crossing South Dakota, hoping to capture the Republican gubernatorial and the Republican U.S. House nominations.

City election
The municipal election has been predominant in Vermillion local politics. Incumbent Northwest Ward Alderman Jack Powell has decided not to seek re-election to that office so that he may pursue a campaign to be elected to a four-year term as Vermillion's next mayor. Mayor Dan Christopherson has decided not to seek another term.

Powell is being challenged by Nick "Tick" Severson.

Vying for Powell's alderman position in the Northwest Ward are former city councilman Tom Davies and Jim Wilson. The winner of this race will serve a four-year term.

In the Southeast Ward, incumbent Ray Hofman has decided to not seek re-election so he may campaign to be elected Clay County's next register of deeds. Vermillion voters from that ward will choose among three candidates to serve a four-year term on the city council: Dennis Zimmerman, Kenneth (Andy) Anderson and John Erikson.

Alderman Mary Edelen is seeking re-election to a four-year term as the Central Ward's representative on the city council. She is being challenged by John Grayson.

A similar scenario faces voters in the Northeast Ward. The incumbent alderman, Kent Osborne, is being challenged by James Hoefelmeyer for a four-year term on the city council.

Clay County election
A Democratic primary election is needed June 6 for voters to select two of three Democrats running for county commission. Nominating petitions have been filed by incumbent Les Kephart, Phyllis Packard and Alex Ufford.

The winners of this race will face Republican County Commission candidates Leonard Rasmussen and Jere Chapman, who have not been challenged and will automatically be the Republican nominees for the county commission race in November.

County voters will also decide a three-person race for Clay County Register of Deeds. Candidates are Holly Meins, Jane A. Olson and Ray Hofman. Incumbent Betty McCambridge has decided not seek re-election.

S.D. Governor
Clay County Republicans will join other members of their party to select a nominee for  governor. GOP candidates are Dave Knudson, Scott Munsterman, Dennis Daugaard, Ken Kruppe and Gordon Howie.

No June primary election is needed to decide the Democratic gubernatorial nominee. Scott Heidepriem is the only Democratic seeking the governor's office, and will challenge the winner of the statewide Republican gubernatorial race June 8.

U.S. Representative
Republicans will also go to the polls in Clay County and across the state to select their nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives among candidates Kristi Noem, Blake Curd and Chris Nelson. The winner of this race will face incumbent Democratic Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin in November.

Polling places
Polls for the primary election and Vermillion municipal election will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 8.

The polling places in each precinct of the county are:
• Rural Ward 1 (includes Pleasant Valley, Garfield, Glenwood, and Riverside townships): Southeastern SD Experiment Farm, 29974 University Road.
• Rural Ward 2 (includes Star and Bethel townships and Wakonda town: Senior Citizens Center, Wakonda.
• Rural Ward 3 (includes Prairie Center, Spirit Mound, Meckling, Norway, Vermillion, and Fairview townships: 4-H Center/Fairgrounds, 515 High St., Vermillion.
• Irene Town: Communinity Center, Irene.
• Vermillion City, All Precincts: National Guard Armory, 603 Princeton St., Vermillion.

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