Petitions to run for 11 separate seats in Moody County were due Friday, February 22nd, with several familiar faces entering their names, but there are a few newcomers looking to make a difference in their communities.
2013 is a quiet year for Flandreauís city officials, with no seats becoming vacant on the City Council, the people of the city will be able to focus solely on the two open positions on the Flandreau School board. Two seats are up for grabs come April with current school board Vice Chairman Darrin Hamilton as well as Val Suttonís terms coming to an end. Both Hamilton and Sutton have served on the board for two terms and have filed petitions to run for a third.
Contesting the two incumbents will be Guy Zephier Sr. and Stuart Zephier, who both filed petitions to run against them. The top two vote getters will be elected into office in April.
Colman will not need a city council election despite three spots becoming available in April. Current council president, Jeff Fritz, filed a petition to return to the board in Ward 2, with no one else filing. There will be a new board member in Ward 1. Mike Uhing will take the place of current council vice president, Scott Shafer, who will not be running again in April. Ward 3 will keep their current representative Bob Rolfson come April. Rolfson did not file a petition for re-election but nobody else in his ward did either, leaving Rolfson with the spot. He is allowed to resign from his position. If he chooses to do so, then the city would have to appoint somebody to his spot.
Colman-Eganís School Board will also be having an election come April. Current Vice Chairman Jennifer Keyesís seat on the board expires this year and she has filed a petition hoping to be re-elected. Two other area residents in the April election will contest her. Pat McKnight and Jeff Fritz (who is also a city councilmen) have filed petitions to run against Keyes.
The city of Egan has three Trustee seats available, but only one will have an election. John Steinhauer was the only person to file for Trustee #1 and will take the seat in April uncontested. Jerome Olson has a similar situation, but he will take over as Trustee #5 for Egan. The lone election will be held for the Trustee #2 position. Charles Kuechenmeister will contest incumbent Trustee Darcey Ellefson in Aprilís election.
Niether the Village of Ward nor the Town of Trent will hold elections in 2013. Scott Handberg will reclaim his position as Alderman in Ward with no one else filing a petition to run against him, as well as Morris Kirkegaard reclaiming his Trustee seat in Trent.
For the places eligible, the 2013 election will be held April 9th. Voter registration will close on March 25. If you fail to register by that date, you will forfeit your right to vote. If you are in doubt about whether you are registered, you can check the Voter Information Portal at www.sdsos.gov, or call the county auditor at 605-997-3161.
Registration may be completed during regular business hours at the county auditorís office, municipal finance office, secretary of stateís office and those locations which provide driverís licenses, SNAP, TANF, WIC, military recruitment, and assistance to the disabled as provided by the Department of Human Services. You may contact the county auditor to request a mail-in registration form or access a mail-in form at www.sdsos.gov.