NewsNovember 14 2018

Lyman County follows state in voting for first woman governor

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Lyman County follows state in voting for first woman governor

Lucy Halverson/LCH

   Sixty-three percent of the registered voters in Lyman County turned out for the General Election November 6 and followed much of the state in voting for the Republican candidates Dusty Johnson for United States House of Representatives and Kristi Noem for governor, the first-ever woman to hold the office in the history of South Dakota.
  The governor’s race was close as expected with Noem receiving 51 percent of the votes statewide (172,894) and Sutton 48 percent (161,416 votes). The third candidate, Kurt Evans received 4,844 votes.
   In the house race, Johnson received 60 percent of the votes against Tim Bjorkman’s 36 percent, and Ron Wieczorek’s 2 percent.
   In Lyman County, Noem carried the county with just 10 votes, 691 votes to Sutton’s 681, while Johnson garnered 830 votes to Bjorkman’s 499.
   Statewide, 62.75 percent of voters registered in South Dakota voted in the midterm election.
   District 26, comprised of Brule, Buffalo, Jones, Lyman, Mellette and Todd counties, re-elected state Senator Troy Heinert (D) of Mission with 3,890 votes for another term over challenger Joel Koskan (R) who received 3,450.
   In District 26B, (Brule, Buffalo, Jones and Lyman counties) Republican Rebecca Reimer of Oacoma won over Democrat Debra Smith of Vivian 2716 to 1695, and in District 26A (Mellette and Todd) Shawn Bordeaux returns to his seat to the house as he was unchallenged.
   On the county level, voters could vote for up to three candidates for county commission. The top three vote getters in the race were Jared Schelske with 756, Zane Reis with 729, and incumbent Ryan Huffman with 696. Incumbent Steve Perry of Presho who came in fourth place with 671 votes, has filed with the country auditor for an official recount based on South Dakota election laws and the percentage of the votes cast in the commission race. The recount, which will determine if there were any discrepancies, will take place at the courthouse on November 19, 2018. The new commissioners will be sworn into office at the first meeting in January of 2019.
   Deputy Auditor Debra Halverson ran unopposed for the auditor’s position being vacated by Pam Michalek upon her retirement. Michalek’s term ends the first-Tuesday of March, 2019, according to state law.
   Other incumbents unopposed in the election include Register of Deeds Tracy Brakke and Sheriff Steve Manger, who will be sworn into another 4-year term in January.
   According to the election results canvassed by the county commission Thursday, Nov. 8 and printed on page 11 of this issue, 1,410 ballots were cast out of 2,234 registered voters in Lyman county.
   Lower Brule precinct had the lowest turnout with 32.3 percent while Iona recorded the highest at 86.4.
   Lyman county recorded 171 absentee ballots compared to 198 in 2016 and 145 in 2012.
    Visit the South Dakota Secretary of State’s website at for compete statewide results on all candidates and issues.

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