Voters in four area counties will decide sheriff’s races this fall that feature a candidate from outside their county.
Ray Westendorf, a Charles Mix County sheriff who did not seek re-election, filed as an independent candidate in Sanborn County to run against 20-year sheriff Tom Fridley in November.
ALEXANDRIA — A former Hanson County sheriff’s deputy defeated his one-time boss to win the Republican nomination in the heated sheriff’s race Tuesday.
Randy Bartlett, of Alexandria, garnered 327 votes to advance to the November election, when he will face independent candidate Jim Lentsch, a part-time Hanson County sheriff’s deputy from Salem.
Survival depends on reduced spending
To the Editor:
The U.S. government debt is now 94 percent of the nation’s national gross product. That is 94 percent of our national income, and at the rate we are spending money, we will soon be a bankrupt nation like Greece. They say a big part of the problem is Social Security.
ALEXANDRIA — In fewer than three weeks, a contentious race pitting the Hanson County sheriff against his former deputy will be decided by voters.
Sheriff Mark Kessler and former deputy Randy Bartlett are vying for the Republican nomination for the office on June 8. The winner will likely become the next sheriff and take office in January, because no Democrat filed a candidacy before the March deadline. Independents have until primary day to file a candidacy for the November general election, but no independent has filed yet.
ALEXANDRIA — His former deputy may still work for Hanson County, said Sheriff Mark Kessler, but Randy Bartlett is not working in his office.
Kessler fired Bartlett Jan. 25 for what the sheriff said is personal and professional disloyalty.
“I will not be lied to and undermined by my staff. It just isn’t going to happen,” Kessler said.
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