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Six set to run for Mitchell Board of Education

Election for two seats on the board scheduled for June 7

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MITCHELL — The Mitchell Board of Education will see at least six individuals run for two open seats when voters converge on the polls for the 2022 election in June.

Mitchell School District officials confirmed Tuesday afternoon six school district patrons had filed nominating petitions with the school business office and will appear on the election ballot. Incumbent Deb Olson, Tim Moon, Jeff Sand, Terry Aslesen, David Lambert and Chris Foster have filed nominating petitions to run.

The deadline for filing nominating petitions was at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 29. However, mailed nominating petitions postmarked by March 29 can still qualify for the ballot. Though possible, Steve Culhane, business manager for the Mitchell School District, said he does not expect any more petitions to be turned in.

While such large fields have not been that common in previous years, the last two election cycles seem to show an interest in getting involved in leadership roles with the Mitchell School District. And the 2022 field of candidates is entirely different than the one in 2021.

“It’s always nice to see people that are interested in running. Again we have two positions and the same number of candidates running as last year,” Culhane said. “We’ll see what happens.”

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This is also an election cycle that will not see a combined election held for any members of the Mitchell City Council or the mayor. The city does not hold an election every three years, and in this cycle that third year falls on 2022, as no council members or the mayor are up for election.

The school election will, however, be coupled with the 2022 Primary Election.

Susan Kiepke, auditor for Davison County, said polling locations for the election are still being considered and will be announced when election officials have determined a number of factors, including COVID-19 activity in the area as the election date approaches.

There are two seats on the five-member board up for election in 2022 — the seat currently held by Olson and the one held by Kevin Kenkel, who has stated he would not be seeking another term on the board when his current term expires. Both seats are at-large bids, meaning those who file nominating petitions will vie for the same two seats, with the two candidates who receive the most votes filling the positions.

The other three seats are currently held by board members Shawn Ruml, Brittni Flood and Matt Christiansen.

All seats on the board are three-year terms.

The election for the Mitchell Board of Education will be held Tuesday, June 7.

Erik Kaufman joined the Mitchell Republic in July of 2019 as an education and features reporter. He grew up in Freeman, S.D., graduating from Freeman High School. He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1999 with a major in English and a minor in computer science. He can be reached at ekaufman@mitchellrepublic.com.
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