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Mitchell races to be decided Tuesday

Mitchell residents will head to the polls Tuesday, with the fates of nine candidates hanging in the balance. The choice of Mitchell's 35th mayor will be the local headline in Wednesday's news. Incumbent Mayor Jerry Toomey, 74, did not seek re-ele...

Mitchell voters can go to the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy for today's vote. (Republic file photo)
Mitchell voters can go to the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy for today's vote. (Republic file photo)

Mitchell residents will head to the polls Tuesday, with the fates of nine candidates hanging in the balance.

The choice of Mitchell's 35th mayor will be the local headline in Wednesday's news.

Incumbent Mayor Jerry Toomey, 74, did not seek re-election. Toomey, No. 34, was elected in 2015, and his term of office began in July of 2015.

Polls at the Mitchell Career & Technical Education Academy at 821 N. Capital St. will open at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m. Everyone in Mitchell will vote for both city and state primary candidates at MCTEA.

Mitchell voters will elect a mayor from among four candidates - Bob Everson, Steven Larson, retiring Ward 1 Council Member Mel Olson, and Tara Volesky. Mitchell's part-time mayor serves a three-year term, and the candidate who receives the most votes will win. There are no runoffs in city races.

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South Mitchell voters in wards 1 and 2 also will select representatives for three-year terms on the City Council. Incumbent Marty Barington is unopposed in Ward 3, and incumbent Jeff Smith is unopposed in Ward 4. Their names will not appear on the ballot.

Ward 1 represents the southwest quadrant of Mitchell, from Fourth Avenue south and from Sanborn Boulevard or Rowley Street west. Three newcomers are vying for the one chair that Olson will vacate - Tim Goldammer, Clay Loneman and Dan Sabers.

Ward 2 represents the city's southeast quadrant, south of Fourth and east of Sanborn or Rowley. Incumbent Kevin McCardle will face challenger Debbie Emme.

Two incumbent candidates for the Mitchell Board of Education are also unopposed and will not appear on Tuesday's ballot. They are Lacey Musick and Neil Putnam. School district boundaries extend beyond the city limits and include parts of Hanson County.

Tuesday's Republican Primary ballot will feature two key races.

In the race for governor, Attorney General Marty Jackley is running against South Dakota's at-large representative to the U.S. House, Kristi Noem. Current Gov. Dennis Daugaard, who has served since 2010, could not seek re-election because of term limits.

Three Republican candidates are seeking the U.S. House seat being vacated by Noem. They are Neal Tapio, current Secretary of State Shantel Krebs, and Dustin "Dusty" Johnson.

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