Union County voters elect some incumbents, newcomers

Posted June 10, 2014 at 7:12 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

In this month’s Primary Election no one can say only incumbents are elected in Union County.

U.S. Senate

For the U.S. Senate seat, which long-time Senator Tim Johnson didn’t seek another term, Union County voters overwhelmingly chose former S.D. Governor Mike Rounds. He received 846 while the remaining candidates’ results were Stace Nelson, 165 votes; Dr. Annette Bosworth, 110, Larry Rhoden, 88; and Jason Ravnsborg, 49. Statewide, Rounds received 55.54 percent of the vote while Rohden had 18.25 percent, Nelson, 17.69 percent; Bosworth, 5.75 percent and Ravnsborg, 2.77 percent.

The day after the election, Bosworth, 42 of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Clay Walker, 33 of Rapid City, S.D., were charged with election law violations: Class 6 felonies false or forged instrument for filing and perjury. The cases are being investigated by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by the S.D. Attorney General’s Office.

S.D. Governor

For S.D. governor, Union County voters supported current Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard with 1,024 votes, giving challenger Lora Hubbel only 234. Across the state, Daugaard received 80.87 percent of the votes.

On the Democratic governor’s ticket, Susan Wismer received 332 votes to Joe Lowe’s 201. Statewide, Wismer received 55.49 percent of the vote.

State Representatives

Incumbent District No. 16 State Representatives Jim Bolin and David Anderson were the top two vote-getters in Union County. Bolin received 752 votes; Anderson, 541; and challenger Kevin Jensen came in third with 487 votes.

Dakota Dunes CID

On the Dakota Dunes Community Improvement District’s Board of Supervisors, incumbents Dennis Melstad and Thomas Kimmel will keep their seats. Melstad received 227 votes, Kimmel, 169; Steve Gengler, 142; and Steve Ballard, 201.

Canvassing the Votes

On June 5, the Union County Commission canvassed the votes.

It was noted in Precinct No. 12, the election workers’ count and the machine count were off two ballots in numbers.

Therefore, Union County Auditor Carol Klumper was going to compare the Poll Book with the county’s Voter Registration List.

The two ballots would not affect any of the races’ winners.

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