Residents will elect a new mayor in April

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By Katie Zerr

Mobridge residents will have the choice of three candidates when choosing a mayor in April as Ward I Councilman Jamie Dietterle will face-off with former council member Jerry Weischedel and Jay Shillingstad.

Dietterle, who has represented Ward I since 2009 when he defeated Weischedel for that seat, filed his petition early, with Weischedel and Shillingstad following suit.

Weischedel served on the council as a representative from Ward I for six years and Shillingstad has not held a city office.

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

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

Ward III will have new representation as incumbent Rick Godkin has decided not run again. Vying for that seat are Liz Rische and Randy Carlson. Neither has held a seat on the council before.

Three people are vying for the at-large seat on the Mobridge-Pollock School Board currently held by Jason Dienert, who will not run again.

Those candidates are Rose Henderson of Mobridge, Jane Looyenga of Mobridge and Orland Geigle of Pollock. Henderson and Looyenga would be new to the school board, but Geigle served on the Pollock School Board for many years.

On the county level, in an election that will be held Tuesday, June 5, up for election are state’s attorney, currently held by Chris Jansen; treasurer, currently held by Chuck Hanson; county coroner, held by Eric Schley; commissioner District 4, currently held by Jerry Frailing; and commissioner District 2 currently held by Harold Forbes.

The incumbents have filed petitions for state’s attorney and treasurer.

Petitions for the open seats must be filed by Tuesday, March 27, at 5 p.m.

The deadline for voter registration for election, which is also a primary election day, is Monday, May 21.

– Katie Zerr –

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