Two incumbents stay on board, Rossknecht is GOP candidate for District 1

By Jason Ferguson

Maura Magennis listens to poll worker Ella Kassube at the Hill City precinct for how to enter her ballot on June 5. There were some issues with the E-poll books at Pennigton County precincts and some places didn’t have paper voter registration lists.

Ron Rossknecht and Cindy Mohler were big winners in yesterday’s primary election, while the Hill City School District is likely looking at a recount after a close election for its three available three-year seats.

Rossknecht, of Hill City, won the primary battle for the Republican spot on the ballot during this fall’s general election for District One Pennington County Commissioner. Rossknecht defeated fellow Hill City resident and commission incumbent George Ferebee 426-242. Rossknecht will face Democrat Keryn Rowland in November for a four-year term on the commission.

Mohler will be the next auditor of Pennington County, handily defeating challenge James Bialota 1,768 to 619 to win a four-year term.

In the the race for Hill City School District Board of Education seats incumbent Dennis Krull received the most votes with 480, followed by fellow incumbent Angela Ross with 316 votes. The third seat will go to Carmen Ronish with 276 votes. George King captured 259 votes. Rounding out the field were Britt Daiss with 229 votes, George Clinton with 218 votes and Christina Larson with 213 votes.

In the race for a two-year term in the South Dakota Senate, Republican incumbent Lance Russell advanced to the general election by receiving 942  votes compared to 446 for former state senator Bruce Rampelberg and 217 votes for Patricia Shiery. Russell will face Libertarian candidate Gideon Oakes and Democrat Kristine Ina Winter in the fall.

The vote on Constitutional Amendment Y, an amendment to the South Dakota Constitution revising certain provisions relating to the rights of crime victims, otherwise known as “Marsy’s Law,”  was overwhelming approved by state voters, passing with 82 percent of the vote.

Current South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem scored a somewhat surprisingly easy win over current state attorney general Marty Jackley in the race to be the Republican candidate for governor in this fall’s election, capturing 57 percent of the vote. Noem piled up over 50,000 votes to around 37,384 for Jackley with only one precinct left to report as of press time.

In race for the U.S. House of Representatives, Dusty Johnson will be the Republican representative on the fall ballot, gathering 47 percent of the vote, compared to 28 percent for Shantel Krebs and 24 percent for Neal Tapio.

In another race of possible interest, Rapid City voters, by a 60 percent to 40 percent margin, authorized the issuance of sales tax revenue bonds and lease certificates not to exceed $110 million to construct a new civic center.