by Julie Ann Madden
Three Democrats and three Republicans seek a seat for South Dakota District 16, which includes Union County.
Currently, the seats are held by Republicans: Senator Dan Lederman and House of Representatives Jim Bolin and Patty Miller.
These incumbents are being challenged on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Lederman of Dakota Dunes, S.D., is being challenged by Democrat Michael O’Connor of Alcester, S.D.
There is one seat available in the South Dakota Senate for District 16.
State House of Representatives
Miller and Bolin defeated Republicans Kevin D. Jensen of Canton, S.D., and Don Lantis of North Sioux City, S.D., in the June Primary Election.
Democrat Stanley Jacobson of Hudson, S.D., replaced Grewing after the primary election. He and fellow Democrat Ann Tornberg of Beresford are challenging Miller and Bolin.
There are two seats available in the House of Representatives.
Voters will cast a vote whether to retain Justice Glen A. Severson or not.
U.S. Presidential Election
Voters have the four president/vice-president choices for U.S. president this year:
• Incumbent Democrats President Barack Obama Illinois) with Vice-President Joe Biden (Delaware);
• Republicans Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney of California with Vice-President candidate Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan;
• Constitution Party candidates Former Congressman Virgil Goode of Virginia with Jim Clymer of Pennsylvania; and
• Libertarian Party candidates Former Governor Gary Johnson of New Mexico with Former Superior Court Judge Jim Gray of California.
South Dakota voters will select either Democrat Matt Varilek or Republican incumbent Kristi Noem.
Public Utilities Commissioners
For a six-year term, candidates are Democrat Matt McGovern, Republican incumbent Kristie Fiegen and Libertarian Party Russell Clarke.
For a four-year term, candidates are Democrat Nick Nemec and Republican incumbent Chris Nelson.
There are four Constitutional Amendments on the ballot.
Constitutional Amendment M changes certain provision relating to corporations. This amendment removes restrictions on the Legislature’s authority to enact laws regarding corporations and allows the Legislature to 1) Authorize alternative methods of voting in elections for corporate directors; 2) Expand the types of contributions a corporation may receive for the issuance of stocks or bonds; and 3) Establish procedures governing the increase of corporate stock or debt.
Constitutional Amendment N repeals certain reimbursement restrictions for travel by legislators to and from a legislative session. The Constitution fixes the rate at 5 cents per miles but a vote for this would allow the state Legislature to set the amount.
Constitutional Amendment O changes the method for Cement Plant Trust Fund distributions to a yearly 4 percent transfer of the market value of the fund to the state General Fund for the support of education.
Constitutional Amendment P requires the governor to propose a balanced budget and prohibits legislative appropriations from exceeding anticipated revenues and existing available funds.
There is one Initiated Measure “15” on the ballot. This would increase by 1 percent the state general sales and use taxes which would be split equally for additional K-12 public education and Medicaid funding.
There are two Referred Laws for voters to cast their choice.
Referred Law 14 establishes a large Project Development Fund by taking 22 percent of contractors’ excise tax revenues from the state General Fund to this fund. The South Dakota Board of Economic Development would use Large Project Development Fund monies to provide grants for the construction of large economic development projects within the state. To be eligible, a project must have a cost exceeding $5 million. Examples of eligible projects would include laboratories and facilities for testing, manufacturing, power generation, power transmission, agricultural processing and wind energy. Ineligible projects include retail establishments; residential housing and facilities for lodging, health care services and the raising or feeding of livestock.
Referred Law 16 is an education reform act to establish a teacher scholarship program, create a program for math and science teacher bonuses, mandate a uniform teacher and principal evaluation system, and eliminate state requirements for teacher tenure.
For more information, contact the Union County Auditor’s Office at 605-356-2101.