Elections for city council and school board elections in several Northern Hills communities were held Tuesday, April 9th, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Polls were open from 7am to 7pm.
In Belle Fourche, two positions on the Belle Fourche City Council were up for re-election this year in Wards 2 and 4. Annie Reich and Karen Mondillo competed in Ward 2, with Reich being named the winner after receiving 57 votes to Mondillo’s 52. Incumbent Fred Ager and Robert Somervold competed in Ward 4, with Somervold winning with 53 votes to Ager’s 29.
In Wards 1 and 3, respectively, incumbents Monte Talkington and Vern Hintz were unopposed and will be seated for another term on the city council. Each council member serves a three-year term and will be sworn in at the May 6th council meeting.
There were three candidates for two open seats on the Lead-Deadwood Sanitary District Board, Roger Thomas and incumbents Georgeann Silvernail and Thad Fuller. Silvernail received 97 votes and Fuller received 89, with Thomas receiving 81. Silvernail and Fuller were each re-elected to the board for three-year terms.
Deadwood Mayor David Ruth, Jr., who was appointed by the city commission to fill the late Mayor Chuck Turbiville’s seat, filed to run for a full term as mayor and was unopposed, so no official election was held.
Lead’s Mayor Ron Everett filed for another term as mayor and was also unopposed, so no official election was held.
Incumbent Mayor Dana Boke ran against John Dale and was re-elected for another term as Spearfish’s mayor. Boke received 760 votes and Dale received 246.
In Wards 1 and 2, respectively, incumbents Marty Clark and Larry Klarenbeek both sought re-election to the Spearfish City Council. Both were unopposed and will be seated for another term. In Ward 3, Councilman John Lee did not seek another term, and Kelli Ewert, Greg Krier, and Darick Eisenbraun ran for his seat. Eisenbraun won the seat, taking 198 votes, while Krier received 164 and Ewert received 117.
There were two seats on the Spearfish School Board up for re-election this year, and incumbent Ryan Niesent and newcomers Eric Skavang and Justin Griffith competed for the seats. Niesent and Skavang were elected to these positions Tuesday. Niesent received 725 votes, Skavang 461, and Griffith 458.
Incumbent Mayor Mark Carstensen was elected to serve another three-year term for the city of Sturgis, receiving 395 votes, while his opponent Desaree Dargatz received 331. Carstensen will be sworn into his fourth term as Sturgis’ mayor at the May 6th city council meeting.
In Wards 1 and 4, respectively, incumbents Mike Bachand and Steve Keszler ran unopposed. In Ward 2, incumbent David Martinson defeated challenger Andy Wildberger 96 votes to 82 votes. In Ward 3, incumbent Jason Anderson defeated challenger David Murtha 129 votes to 103 votes.
Those elected will serve three-year terms after being sworn in at the May 6th City Council Meeting.
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