LETTER: Sad attempt to prevent change

Mitchell candidate responds to letter of former mayor

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Given the date of the election is soon approaching, the Mitchell Republic has allowed current mayoral candidate Jason Bates to respond to a letter from former Mitchell Mayor Ken Tracy in the same edition. Per the newspaper's policy regarding letters to the editor, it outlined Tracy's letter to Bates but did not provide him the letter in full.

To the Editor:

This letter is a perfect example of a former one-term mayor trying to prevent change in this great city.

Regarding the building, the title was in my name for one day when the wall collapsed, and the insurance agent was my dad’s friend, so we had the insurance changed over weeks before.

When it fell, the insurance company came back and said we had to give a two-week written notice of the insurance change, so the insurance company is the one that screwed us over. I took the insurance company to court, and I said if we win the lawsuit the demolition would be paid for. We did not win the lawsuit, and Ken Tracy has absolutely no legal documentation of proof. It’s just slander and hearsay.


This is a sad attempt of current and former city politicians trying to prevent change. Why Ken Tracy feels the need to personally attack me and sabotage my campaign and stop me from helping this great city is beyond me. I feel sorry for Ken, and wish him the best.

Jason Bates


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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