McCurry wins Ward 4 Mitchell council seat in first run for officeGreg McCurry’s first race for public office had a happy ending, as he was elected Tuesday to represent Ward 4 on the Mitchell City Council.
By: Tom Lawrence, The Daily Republic
Greg McCurry’s first race for public office had a happy ending, as he was elected Tuesday to represent Ward 4 on the Mitchell City Council.
McCurry, the chairman of the Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee, received 363 votes, or 50.91 percent. He thinks he’ll now have to resign from the committee, but he hopes to be re-appointed as a council liaison.
Marc Bernard was a close second with 320 votes, or 44.88 percent.
Deb Skibsrud-Bueber received 30 votes, or 4.21 percent of the vote.
“I’m looking forward to serving the people of the ward and the people of Mitchell,” an excited McCurry said from an Election Night party at the home of Dusty Johnson, a Mitchell resident and Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s chief of staff.
He said he knew Bernard, a longtime Mitchell resident who ran an energetic campaign, would give him a run for his money.
“I knew the race was going to be very close,” McCurry said. “I worked very hard and I knocked on a lot of doors.
“I’m just glad we had a good race. I know Mark ran hard and I am just glad Ward 4 had a good race.”
McCurry said there are no pressing issues that he will bring to the council when he takes office at the first meeting in July.
“I’m just looking forward to getting to know the process better and getting to know the other councilors and talking with the mayor about the agenda and keeping Mitchell moving forward,” he said.
McCurry campaigned in favor of adding a city manager, collecting signatures to place it on the ballot and knocking on doors to rally support for it. The measure was soundly defeated Tuesday.
He can live with the voters’ decision, he said.
“I did support it, but as I said throughout the entire campaign, I thought the people should vote on it and I support that,” McCurry said.
Bernard congratulated McCurry.
“The people spoke and I’m glad for Greg and I wish him well,” he said. “He did a great job campaigning and I tried and he did better than I did. End of story.”
Skibsrud-Bueber, who stopped at the Davison County Courthouse as the results were being tabulated, said she was glad she ran and found the entire process interesting and exciting.
“I will try again someday,” she said.
McCurry said he wants to serve the city and feels ready for the challenge.
“I want to see good things happen and I’m looking forward to it,” he said.
McCurry, 31, is the marketing and public relations manager at Santel Communications. He and his wife, Micki (Feterl), have two daughters: Hannah, 5, and Bennet, 2.
The Ward 4 seat was open because current City Councilwoman Geri Beck opted not to run for re-election. McCurry will take office next month.