Candidates set for June 6 Mitchell City Council election as Doescher, Goldammer running unopposed

Jason Bates, Mike Bathke and Kimberly Lofgren are the trio of candidates vying for a seat to represent ward 3, while Susan Tjarks and Don Everson are competing for ward 4.

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The entrance of Mitchell City Hall where the city council meets.
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MITCHELL — The field of candidates and incumbents vying for four Mitchell City Council seats up for election on June 6 are set.

For ward 1 — the southwest portion of the city — Tim Goldammer is running unopposed. The Mitchell Technical College professor submitted his petition in time before Tuesday’s deadline. With no challengers running against Goldammer, it will mark his first term on the council.

Incumbent John Doescher is running unopposed for another term on the council in ward 2. With no challengers, Doescher has secured a third term on the council.

A trio of candidates are vying for a seat on ward 3 — the northeast portion of Mitchell. Mike Bathke, a longtime local business owner, Jason Bates, a downtown business owner who ran for mayor in 2021 and Kimberly Lofgren, the Chief Financial Officer of the Mitchell Area Development Corporation and Chamber of Commerce, are the trio of candidates who will be on the ballot.

Incumbent Susan Tjarks, who has represented ward 4 on the council for roughly a decade, is being challenged by Don Everson, a former Mitchell detective and longtime resident. Ward 4 entails the northwest portion of Mitchell, including Lake Mitchell residents.


Longtime council member Dan Allen, who represents ward 3, is not seeking another term. Steve Rice, of ward 1, also opted against running for another term on the council. The two have served on the council for over a decade.

Each term on the June 6 ballot runs for three years.

Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in May 2018. He was raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. During his time in college, Fosness worked as a news and sports reporter for The Volante newspaper.
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