NOTE TO READERS: This is a developing story. Results were posted Tuesday night / Wednesday morning for each contest.
PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — Voters in many of South Dakota’s 35 legislative districts will decide a lot of Republican nominations, but only a few Democrat contests, on Tuesday, June 7.
Here are legislative primaries in the Sioux Falls area:
Senate District 2 — This area of Minnehaha County is a new district, after lawmakers last fall abolished the old District 2 that ran across several counties in the northeast. Competing for the new district’s Republican Senate nomination are Steve Kolbeck and Spencer Wrightsman, both of Brandon. Wrightsman is treasurer for the Minnehaha County Republican Party. Kolbeck won election as a Democrat to the state Public Utilities Commission in 2006, edging his Republican opponent by less than 7,000 votes, and later resigned the office to work for a utility company. No one else is running, so the top vote-getter is the district’s next senator.
With all 11 precincts reported, Kolbeck won with 66% of the vote (1,746), while Wrightsman had 33% (891).
House District 2 — With no incumbents in this newly formed district, there’s a four-way race among Republicans for nominations Tuesday between Jake Schoenbeck of Sioux Falls (son of Sen. Lee Schoenbeck), John Sjaarda of Valley Springs, David Kull of Brandon and Jeffrey Lloyd Shawd of Valley Springs. The top two Republican vote-getters Tuesday will face Democrat Gary Leighton of Sioux Falls in the November general.
With all 11 precincts reported, Sjaarda won with 34% of the vote (1,570) and Kull was second with 25% (1,180). Schoenbeck had 24% (1,100) and Lloyd Shawd had 15% (730).
Senate District 9 — Representative Mark Willadsen of Sioux Falls is term-limited in the House, so he’s running for the Republican nomination for a Senate seat. So is Brent Hoffman of Sioux Falls. Willadsen works in insurance. Hoffman is retired from the military. No one else is running, so this will decide the district’s next senator.
With seven of eight precincts in, Hoffman led with 66% (1,351), while Willadsen had 33% (672).
House District 9 — Representative Bethany Soye of Sioux Falls is the one incumbent in this three-way Republican race with Kenneth Teunissen of Sioux Falls and Jesse Fonkert of Hartford for the two Republican nominations. The top two vote-getters from Tuesday will face Democrat Nick Winkler of Sioux Falls for the two House seats in the November general.
With seven of eight precincts in, Soye led with 39% of the vote (1,268), while Teunissen was second with 32% (1,039) and Fonkert at 29% (970).
House District 11 — There are Democrat and Republican primaries alike in this Sioux Falls district. On the Democrat side, three candidates want two nominations: Stephanie Lynn Marty; Margaret Kuipers; and Kim Parke. The four Republican candidates seeking two nominations include Representative Chris Karr; Brian Mulder; Tyler Bonynge; and Roger Russell. The final four square off in the November general with the top vote-getters getting the seats.
In the Republican primary, with nine of 10 precincts in, Karr led with 35% (1,334), while Mulder was second with 32% (1,230). Russell followed at 26% (1,006) and Bonynge had 4% (181).
In the Democrat primary, with nine of 10 precincts in, Kuipers led with 35% (774), followed by Parke at 34% (749) and Lynn Marty at 30% (682).
House District 12 — There’s a five-way Republican primary for two nominations in this Sioux Falls district. There’s an incumbent, Representative Greg Jamison, plus four more: Amber Arlint; Kerry Loudenslager; Gary Schuster; and Cole Heisey. The top two Republican finishers advance to face Democrats Erin Royer and Kristin Hayward in the November general for the two House seats.
With all 15 precincts in, Jamison placed first with 28% (1,196), while Arlint was second with 939, just ahead of Loudenslager at 926. Heisey had 721 and Schuster 490. The Arlint-Loudenslager result falls within the margin for a possible recount.
House District 13 — There’s a four-way Republican primary for two nominations in this Sioux Falls district. Two are incumbents, Representative Sue Peterson and Representative Richard Thomason, and two are challengers, Penny BayBridge and Tony Venhuizen. There’s no other candidate, so the top vote-getters Tuesday get the two House seats.
With all 10 precincts in, Venhuizen was first at 2,226, followed by Peterson 1,911. Thomas finished with 1,276, while BayBridge had 576.
House District 14 — A three-way primary for two Republican nominations in this Sioux Falls district features an incumbent, Representative Taylor Rehfeldt, along with Gina Schiferl and Tyler Tordsen (son of Representative Tamara St. John.) The top two vote-getters face Democrats Mike Huber and Wendy Mamer in the November general for the two House seats.
With all 10 precincts in, Rehfeldt placed first with 2,214, followed by Tordsen at 1,468. Schiferl had 931.
Senate District 25 — There’s no incumbent, after current Senator Marcia Symens, R-Dell Rapids, withdrew her candidacy for a second term. There’s now a four-way race between Republicans: Representative Tom Pischke of Dell Rapids; Lisa Rave of Baltic, spouse of former legislator Tim Rave; Kevin Crisp of Dell Rapids, who served in the state House 1997-2000; and Leslie “Doc” Heinemann of Flandreau, who served in the House 2013-2018. No one else is running, so the Republican nominee will be the district’s next senator.
With all 24 precincts in, Pischke won with 1,396. Heineman had 672, Rave 590 and Crisp 438.
Here are some higher-profile Senate primaries:
Senate District 1 — Pro-marijuana Senator Michael Rohl of Aberdeen faces a challenge from Joe Donnell of Sisseton for the Republican nomination. The winner faces former legislator Susan Wismer of Britton, who’s running as an independent in the November general. Wismer, running as a Democrat, lost to Rohl in 2020.
Rohl won his race 71% (1,900) to 29% (795).
Senate District 3 — Rachel Dix of Aberdeen is challenging Senator Al Novstrup of Aberdeen, a 20-year incumbent, for the Republican nomination. There’s no other candidate in the race, so the winner gets the seat.
Novstrup won his race 59% (1,794) to 41% (1,222).
Senate District 5 — Senator Lee Schoenbeck of Watertown, the Senate’s top elected member, defeated Watertown city council member Colin Paulsen 59% (1,808) to 41% (1,270). No one else is running, so Schoenbeck retains his seat. Schoenbeck was one of four senators targeted by the Convention of States.
Senate District 7 — Julie Erickson of Brookings and Representative Tim Reed of Brookings are competing for the Republican Senate nomination, left open when Senator V.J. Smith of Brookings decided against seeking re-election. The winner gets the Senate seat because no other candidate is running. Reed was targeted by the Convention of States.
Reed won with 60% of the vote (1,446). Erickson finished with 40% (957).
Senate District 8 — Senator Casey Crabtree of Madison faces a challenge from Heather DeVries of Madison for the Republican nomination. No other candidate filed so the GOP nominee wins the seat.
Crabtree won the race with 79% (3,124), while DeVries had 21% (832).
Senate District 16 — Former Representative Nancy Rasmussen of Hurley is taking on Senator Jim Bolin of Canton for the Republican nomination. The winner faces Democrat Donn Larson of Hudson and Brian Burge of Marion in the November general. Two years ago, Rasmussen nearly knocked off another incumbent, Senator Art Rusch of Vermillion, for the Republican nomination.
Bolin won 1,731-1,615. Afterward, he told KELOLAND News: “This was a race where geography dominated. I knew it would be close and I was doorbelling in Parker on Monday evening. I had a worthy opponent.”
Senate District 23 — House Speaker Spencer Gosch of Glenham is challenging Senator Bryan Breitling of Miller for the Republican nomination. There’s no other candidate running, so this big-time showdown in this sprawling district is winner takes all.
Breitling won the contest with 54% of the vote (3,019), while Gosch finished with 46% (2,552). Breitling told KELOLAND News, “”Challenging race! We each have our strengths. I want to thank the voters for their support in this primary race. This is a strong message of conservative values and working together to improve South Dakota. I look forward to the next two years.”
Senate District 24 — Senator Mary Duvall of Pierre is up against a determined battler in former Pierre city commission member Jim Mehlhaff. Without another candidate in the contest, the winner will get the seat.
Duvall was targeted by TV ads and negative postcards from the Convention of States. Mehlhaff won 3,157-3,000. He won Hughes, Haakon and Sully counties, while Duvall won Stanley and Hyde.
While waiting for the Haakon results, Mehlhaff told KELOLAND News, “I am grateful for the support I have received thus far from Sully, Hughes, Hyde and Stanley counties. I worked hard and stayed positive and I think people saw that I truly had the best interests of District 24 in mind as I campaigned. If my margin holds I look forward to serving the great people of District 24. I thank Senator Duvall for a good race and her service to our state.”
Duvall told KELOLAND News, “We ran an honest, positive campaign with integrity. I appreciate the support and encouragement for the campaign from so many people across the district. Now I am looking forward to the next chapter, starting in January.”
Senate District 29 — Senator Gary Cammack of Union Center is term-limited and running for the House. Representative Dean Wink of Howes, a former House speaker, is one of three Republicans seeking to replace him; others are Beka Zerbst of Sturgis and John Carley of Piedmont. Tuesday’s winner takes the seat because there’s no other candidate running.
With all 38 precincts reported, Wink won with 2,109. Carley got 1,548 and Zerbst 505.
Senate District 30 — Two years after winning the seat, Senator Julie Frye-Mueller of Rapid City is challenged again for the Republican nomination, this time by Representative Tim Goodwin of Rapid City. The winner Tuesday takes the seat because no one else is running.
With all 25 precincts reported, Frye-Mueller turned back Goodwin 2,848-2,802. The result falls within the recount margin.
Senate District 31 — Senator Timothy Johns, R-Lead, a retired circuit judge chose to not seek re-election after 10 years as a legislator. Two Republicans are competing for the Senate seat: Randy Deibert of Spearfish, who’s a Lawrence County Commission member, and Ron Moeller of Lead. No other candidate is running, so the winner takes it.
Deibert won with 62% (2,518), while Moeller had 38% (1,536).
Senate District 33 — Senator David Johnson of Rapid City is challenged by Janet Jensen of Rapid City, spouse of Representative Phil Jensen, for the Republican nomination. Johnson was targeted by the Convention of States. The winner faces Libertarian Darren Freidel of Summerset in the November general.
With all 13 precincts reported, Johnson won 2,706-2,056.
Here are some other notable House primaries:
House District 3 — Representative Carl Perry of Aberdeen and Representative Kaleb Weis of Aberdeen have challenges from fellow Republicans Richard Rylance of Aberdeen and Brandei Schaefbauer of Aberdeen. The top two vote-getters advance to the November general, when they face Democrat Emily Meier for the two seats.
Perry received the most votes with 30% (1,606), while Schaefbauer took second with 25% (1,327). Rylance had 24% (1,264) and Weis had 21% (1,118).
House District 4 — Representative Fred Deutsch of Florence is the incumbent in a four-way Republican primary for two nominations to House seats. Others competing are a former House speaker, Val Rausch of Big Stone City; Adam Grimm of Wallace; and Stephanie Sauder of Bryant. The two top vote-getters advance to the November general to face Democrat Travis Paulson of Wallace for the two seats.
Sauder finished with 31% of the vote (2,227) and Deutsch took second with 30% (2,169). Rausch finished with 24% (1,676) and Grimm had 15% (1,056).
Deutsch tweeted, “Thank you District 4 voters for believing in me. I am honored and humbled beyond words.”
House District 7 — Four Republicans are fighting for two nominations: former lawmaker Doug Post of Volga; Matt Doyle of Brookings; Mellissa Heermann of Brookings; and Roger DeGroot of Brookings. The top two vote-getters advance to the November general where they’ll face Democrats Mary Perpich of Brookings and Lisa Johnsen of Brookings.
Heermann finished with 31% (1,280) and DeGroot had 31% (1,245). Post had 29% (1,184) and Doyle finished with 9% (363).
House District 8 — Representative Marli Wiese, R-Madison, withdrew her candidacy for re-election. That left three Republicans competing for two nominations: Lecia Summerer of Wentworth; former state Cabinet member Tim Reisch of Howard; and Representative John Mills of Volga. The top two vote-getters win the two seats because no other candidate is running.
Reisch won with 52% (3,188), while Mills took second with 31% (1,878). Summerer finished with 17% (1,019).
House District 16 — Two incumbents, Representative Kevin Jensen of Canton and Representative Richard Vasgaard of Centerville, join Karla Lems of Canton in seeking two Republican nominations. The top two advance to the November general against Democrat Matt Ness of Canton for the two House seats.
Lems placed first with 1,848, followed by Jensen at 1,733. Vasgaard had 1,616,
House District 19 — This one’s a doozy. Five Republicans are competing for two House nominations: Representative Caleb Finck of Tripp; Michael Boyle of Parkston; Jessica Bahmuller of Alexandria; Roger Hofer of Bridgewater; and Drew Peterson of Salem. There’s no other candidate so the two winners get the seats.
Bahmuller won with 30% (2,229), while Peterson took second with 22% (1,660). Finck finished with 20% (1,512), Boyle finished with 20% (1,465) and Hofer finished with 7% (513).
House District 20 — Representative Paul Miskimins, R-Mitchell, didn’t seek re-election. Three candidates, all from Mitchell, are seeking the two Republican nominations: Ben Krohmer; Jeff Bathke; and Representative Lance Koth.
Tuesday’s top two finishers — Krohmer won with 35% of the vote (1,882) and Koth took second with 34% (1,819) — won the seats. Bathke finished with 31% of the vote (1,699).
House District 23 — This incumbent-free contest features four Republicans trying for the two nominations: Scott Moore of Ipswich; Brandon Black of Aberdeen; Gregory Brooks of Aberdeen; and former legislator James Wangsness of Miller. With no other candidate running, the Tuesday winners take the seats.
Moore won with 42% (3,421), while Wangsness took second with 35% (2,867). Brooks finished with 15% (1,248) and Black had 8% (660).
House District 24 — Two incumbents and two challengers made for a volatile Republican primary campaign, as Representative Will Mortenson of Pierre and Representative Mike Weisgram of Fort Pierre faced challenges from Mary Weinheimer of Pierre and Jim Sheehan of Pierre. There’s no other candidate running so Tuesday might settle this, at least for a while.
With all 19 precincts reported, Mortenson was out front with 3,879, followed by Weisgram at 3,420. Weinheimer was back at 2,786 and Sheehan had 1,166. Weinheimer however won Sully County and placed second behind Mortenson in Hyde County. Mortenson and Weisgram were 1-2 in Hughes and Stanley counties. Pro-Weinheimer mailings had aggressively targeted Weisgram. Weinheimer chaired the campaign of Senate challenger Jim Mehlhaff.
House District 26A — Two primaries for one seat. Democrats Alexandra Frederick of Winner and Eric Emery of Rosebud are battling for the nomination to face the winner between Republicans Ron Frederick of Mission and Joyce Glynn of Belvidere. This will be decided in the November general.
Emery won the Democrat primary with 56% (343) while Frederick finished with 44% (271). Glynn won the Republican primary with 55% (277) and Frederick finished with 45% (223).
House District 28B — Two Republicans are battling for this single seat: former lawmaker Thomas Brunner of Nisland and Neal Pinnow of Lemmon. The winner faces Calvin Reilly of Belle Fourche in November. With 30 of 31 precincts reporting, Pinnow led 1,375-1,066.
House District 29 — Republicans have a three-way competition for two nominations: Representative Kirk Chaffee of Whitewood; Kathy Rice of Black Hawk; and current Senator Gary Cammack of Union Center, who’s term-limited and is seek a new term in the House. The top two vote-getters Tuesday move on to the November general where they’ll face Libertarian Sean Natchke of Sturgis for the two seats.
With all 38 precincts reporting, Chaffee placed first with 2,351. Cammack took second with 2,102, ahead of Rice at 2,070. The Cammack-Rice finish qualifies for a possible recount.
House District 30 — This is another doozy. Five Republicans are vying for two nominations: Representative Trish Ladner of Hot Springs; Patrick Baumann of Custer; Dennis Krull of Hill City; Lisa Gennaro of Keystone; and Gerold Herrick of Custer. The two two go on to face Democrat Bret Swanson of Hermosa in the November general for the two seats.
With all 25 precincts reporting, Krull placed first with 2,535 and Ladner second at 2,133. Baumann had 2,038, Gennaro 1,309 and Herrick 660.
House District 31 — Mistie Caldwell of Spearfish hoped to finish ahead of one or both incumbents, Representative Scott Odenbach of Spearfish and Representative Mary Fitzgerald of Spearfish, in this three-way struggle for the two Republican nominations. The top two get the seats because no other candidate ran.
Odenbach won with 40% (2,822) and Fitzgerald took second with 36% (2,544). Caldwell finished with 24% (1,685).
House District 32 — There’s one incumbent, Representative Becky Drury, and two other candidates, Jamie Giedd and former Democrat Steve Duffy (spouse of Sen. Helene Duhamel), seeking the two Republican nominations in this Rapid City district. The top two advance to the November general where they face Democrats Jonathan M. Old Horse and Christine Stephenson.
Drury placed first with 1,235 and Duffy second with 1,167, ahead of Giedd’s 635.
House District 33 — There’s a four-way contest for two Republican nominations in this Rapid City district: Representative Phil Jensen; Curt Massie; Janette McIntyre; and Dean Aurand. The two top finishers advance to the November general where they face Democrat Vince Vidal.
With all 13 precincts in, Jensen took first with 2,298 and Massie was second at 1,885, just ahead of Aurand’s 1,794. McIntyre had 1,588.
House District 34 — It’s a three-way competition for two Republican nominations in this Rapid City district between the two incumbents, Representative Jess Olson and Representative Mike Derby, and challenger Jodie Frye. The two winners go on to meet Democrats Darla Drew and Jay Shultz in the November general.
The nominations went to Derby with 2,832 and Olson at 2,297. Frye received 1,788.
House District 35 — A four-way struggle for two Republican nominations has been under way in this Rapid City district between two incumbents, Representative Tony Randolph and Representative Tina Mulally, and two challengers, Elizabeth Regalado and Box Elder Mayor Larry Larson. The top two from Tuesday move on to the November general where Democrats David Hubbard and Pat Cromwell await.
Randolph placed first with 1,320 and Mulally second at 1,281, ahead of Larson at 859 and Regalado 785.
For the full list of legislative results go to www.sdsos.gov.