March 28, 2017

Municipal Races Set; Election June 6

Rapid City's municipal election is set for Tuesday, June 6.  Rapid City's municipal election is set for Tuesday, June 6. (City Photo)

MUNICIPAL ELECTION RACES SET

          Mayor Allender, Ward Three's Chad Lewis receive no opposition;

Wards 2 & 5 have trio of candidates

 

RAPID CITY--Rapid City voters will go to the polls Tuesday, June 6 to elect council representatives in Wards 1, 2, 4 and 5.  Mayor Steve Allender has no opposition and is automatically elected to serve a second two-year term.  Chad Lewis is elected without opposition in Ward 3.

            There are three candidates vying for a council seat in Wards Two and Five.  To be elected outright, the top vote-getter must receive 50 percent plus one vote, otherwise the top two vote-getters will compete in a run-off election June 27.

            Candidates had until 5 p.m. today to file notarized petitions for mayor and a seat in each of the City's five wards.  The City's Finance Office is completing a review of the signatures to certify candidates for placement on the June 6 ballot.

            Council members serve three-year terms.  This is the last election cycle in which the mayor serves two years.  In 2019, the mayor's term increases to four years.

            Here is a rundown of the 2017 Rapid City municipal elections:

 

            MAYOR:  Mayor Steve Allender is re-elected to his second two-year term as mayor of Rapid City without opposition. 

            WARD ONE:  Incumbent Charity Doyle is not seeking re-election.  Becky Drury and Vince Vidal will compete for the open seat.  Incumbent Lisa Modrick has two years remaining in her term and is not up for re-election until 2019.

            WARD TWO:  Incumbent Ritchie Nordstrom is challenged by Charles Henrie and Daniel Petersen.  A candidate must receive 50 percent plus one vote of the votes cast in Ward Two balloting in the June 6 election, otherwise there will be a run-off election between the top two vote-getters on Tuesday, June 27.   Ward Two incumbent Steve Laurenti has two years remaining in his term and is not up for re-election until 2019.

            WARD THREE:  Former Council member Chad Lewis is elected to a three-year term without opposition, as incumbent Jerry Wright is not seeking re-election.  Incumbent Jason Salamun has two years remaining in his term and is not up for re-election until 2019. 

            WARD FOUR:  Incumbent John Roberts is challenged by Helen Usera.  Incumbent Amanda Scott has two years remaining in her term and is not up for re-election until 2019.

            WARD FIVE:   Laura Armstrong, Tony DeMaro and former Council member Ron Sasso will compete for an open position as incumbent Brad Estes is not seeking re-election.  A candidate must receive 50 percent plus one vote of the votes cast in Ward Five balloting in the June 6 election, otherwise there will be a run-off election between the top two vote-getters on Tuesday, June 27. Incumbent Darla Drew has two years remaining in her term and is not up for re-election until 2019.

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