Tight races rule Tuesday elections


by Katie Zerr

The Tuesday, April 10 races for mayor and a seat on the Mobridge-Pollock School Board were tight as the victors in those races squeezed out wins by small margins.

In a close race, Jamie Dietterle edged out Jay Shillingstad to become the new mayor of Mobridge. Dietterle received 446 votes; Shillingstad had 419 and Jerry Weischedel received 152 votes in the election.

In the race for a seat on the school board, Jane Looyenga pulled out a victory by edging her opponents, Rose Henderson and Orland Geigle 377 votes to 366 and 296 respectively.

Mobridge residents went to the polls in good numbers to vote for a choice of three candidates, Dietterle, Weischedel and Shillingstad.

”I want to thank Jay and Jerry for running,” said Dietterle. “It takes a serious commitment to want to hold this office. They are both good men.”

He said he wanted to thank his family and friends for supporting him and to thank the people for having the confidence in him to vote for him.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us and I am anxious to get things started,” he said.

Mobridge Finance Officer Heather Beck said there was a “good voter turn out” for the election.

Looyenga received 358 votes at the Mobridge poll station, nine votes in Pollock and 10 votes at the Mound City polling place.

Henderson received 357 votes in Mobridge, three in Pollock and six in Mound City.

Geigle received 175 Mobridge votes, 110 from Pollock and 11 in Mound City.

For the school board election nearly 39 percent of registered voters voted in Mobridge, more than 41 percent of eligible voters went to the polls in Pollock and more than 32 percent of voters cast a ballot in Mound City.

Looyenga said she is excited to get started in her new position.

“I am eager to do my best for the students, families and communities of Mobridge-Pollock,” she said Wednesday.

In Ward III Randy Carlson defeated Liz Rische, 177 votes to 89.

“I want to thank the residents of Ward III for electing me,” he said Tuesday night. “I will do what I think is best for them and the for the people of Mobridge.”

Carlson said he is looking forward to the challenges that face the city and to working to get the pending projects completed.

Ward I Councilman Tom O’Connell will retain his seat as no challenger filed a petition for that seat.

There was not an election in Ward II, as incumbent Amy Cerney will continue representing the ward as no one challenged her.

– Katie Zerr –

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