Koth, Miskimins lead the way in District 20 races

Voters return incumbents for another two-year term

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Two District 20 Republicans were selected to head back to the South Dakota House of Representatives during the June primary elections Tuesday.

Rep. Lance Koth and Rep. Paul Miskimins won the race for the South Dakota House of Representatives for District 20 for another term after voters in Davison, Aurora and Jerauld gave them the nod for the two two-year positions. Miskimins and Koth were running against first-time candidate Barry Volk, also a Republican.

Koth, a Republican from Mitchell, received the most votes overall in the election with 1,755, or about 40% of the vote, with all 16 precincts reporting in. He was followed by fellow incumbent Miskimins, also of Mitchell, with 1,535 votes, which is about 35% of the ballots cast. Volk, another Mitchell resident, had 1,129 votes for about 26% of votes cast.

With no Democrats running for the seats, there will be no need for a primary election for the positions and Koth and Miskimins will retake their seats for another term.

Miskimins, 67, is a retired Mitchell dentist who continues to work on his family farm in addition to his duties as an elected official. He is completing his first two-year term as a District 20 representative.


Koth, 69, worked for years in the banking industry before seeking his first term in the South Dakota House of Representatives in 2018.

Volk, 39, who works in agribusiness, was seeking his first term in the state legislature.

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
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