Fort Pierre and Highmore Election Winners Talk About the Job Ahead



UNDATED – (DRG News) Tuesday’s election in Fort Pierre saw a good turnout, as city officials indicate that at least a third of registered voters cast their ballots. City Finance Officer Roxanne Heezen says there were 529 people who voted, out of 1,523 registered voters in the city. In the last Mayor’s race, 444 voters went to the polls.
Fort Pierre Mayor Sam Tidball won the chance to serve the city for another term-as he defeated challenger Charles Claussen by 23 votes. The unofficial tally shows 273 votes for Tidball and 250 for Claussen. Tidball said Tuesday that he’s happy with the win and looks forward to continue moving the city forward from last year’s flood-and in general.

Tidball has served 12 years as Mayor and was on the City Council for six years before that. He says that background will continue to serve him well, especially at this point in the city’s flood recovery efforts.
In the Alderman race for Ward II, Carl Rathbun garnered 128 votes, compared to 50 votes for Donald Boe. Rathbun, had served in Ward III but was moved to Ward II in redistricting earlier this year and has been on the council for 20 years. He says he was glad that voters chose him to represent his new Ward and he will continue to do what’s best for Fort Pierre.

Rathbun says he believes that the next few years will bring a big change in Fort Pierre-as it recovers from flooding in 2011.
In the Ward III Alderman race, Gloria Hanson defeated Bill Leimbach by a tally of 124 votes to 75. Hanson said Tuesday night that she was pleased to receive the support of voters.

Hanson, who is new to public service, says she plans to begin learning about all the duties involved in serving on the city council.
In Highmore, Vikki Day, who served as Mayor for five years and on the City Council for five years, won Tuesday’s race against current Mayor Matt Semmler. Day chose not to run for office in the last election, but says now, her schedule will allow for time to lead the city again.

Day says she wants to continue working to help Highmore grow in the years to come.

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