Allender automatically elected to second term; all municipal races set

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

Rapid City voters will go to the polls 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. on March 28 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.

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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 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 June 27. Incumbent Darla Drew has two years remaining in her term and is not up for re-election until 2019.


Information from the city of Rapid City.

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