Republicans will choose which candidates will be on the November 2018 general election ballot in the June 5 primary election for GOP US Representative and Governor.  Three candidates for Jerauld County Commissioner Two, all Republicans, will also be on the ballot in the June 5 election. 

Lynn Horsley, who served as Commissioner Three for eight years, will face off against fellow Republicans Shane Mentzer and Greg Vavra in the June 5 primary election to determine which Republican candidate vying for the Commissioner Two seat will serve the county starting January 7, 2019.

Earlier this spring, ten candidates filed for five county commission seats. With every Jerauld County commissioner seat up for election this year, Jerauld County voters will have an opportunity to determine a new look when it comes to county leadership as they head to the polls in November. 

Two long-time commissioners Leo Channel and Larry Olson did not file to run for re-election. Incumbent Ronny Kopfmann is running unopposed for the Commissioner Five position. 

All other candidates, listed below will appear on the November ballot. 

Candidates are listed alphabetically below, with party affiliation shown in parentheses and incumbents marked with an asterisk:

Commissioner One

Fred Krohmer* (D) 

Sheridan Larson (R)

Commissioner Three 

Pat Fastnacht (D)

Jeff Messmer (R)

Clay Wenzel (I)

Commissioner Four 

Charlie Bergeleen (R)

Fred  Knight (D)

Commissioner Five 

Ronnie Kopfmann* (D)

Independent Commissioner Three candidate Clay Wenzel will also appear on the Wessington Springs Board of Education ballot in the June 19, 2018 election. While running for both the school board position and the county commissioner position is permitted, according to SD Codified Law 13-7-3 the public office is incompatible with board membership, meaning an individual cannot serve on both boards at the same time. 

For voting information, see the public notice of primary election on PAGE NINE in the print or e-issue. 

A sample ballot will be published in next week’s issue of the True Dakotan.