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Candidates running in April 8th election

Two candidates are running for Philip City Council Ward III, Shirley Chin and Greg Arthur.

Ward III is that area within the Philip city limits north of Pine Street and west of Larimer Street. Ward III also includes the area north of Pine Street, west of North Wood Avenue and south of Hone Street. The polling place will be in the community room of the Haakon County Courthouse. Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8th.

March 24th was the last day that citizens could have registered to be able to vote in the April 8th elections. There are 147 active registered voters in Ward III of the city of Philip. Five other citizens are registered, though are considered as inactive because they have not voted in the last eight years. If a candidate loses by two percent or less, or by five votes or less, they may ask for a recount. If the election ends in a tie, the winner will be determined by the drawing of lots.

Candidacy information has been supplied by the two people running for the Philip City Council Ward III position.

Shirley Chin

Family: My family consists of my three children and their families. Linda Schuller, RN, lives in Philip. Her sons are Theodore, who owns Appliances and More, and Thomas, who is a Tech III for Frontier Airlines in Denver. Cheryl Dick, whose husband is Dave, works for an attorney. Their daughters are Dacia and Brittney. R. Kevin (PA) and his wife Debby (RN) have three children, Kevin J. (wife Megan), Aaron and Rebecca.

How long in area: I moved to Philip 12 years ago. I fell in love with this little town and the people. I can think of no better place to live than Philip.

Why are you the best candidate? I found in Phil. 2:4, "Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others." I am here to serve all of you equally. This is important for any public official. From another source I found, "we need mutual respect toward others and need to promote a code of public conduct that brings civility to the community and obedience to the law." I feel strongly that women should be represented on the city council. I feel that I can and will stand on my integrity and keep on serving you to the best of my ability.

What are your top strengths for this position? I've learned a lot in the two terms that I have served. I only hope to continue learning and hope to have the privilege of serving you for yet another term.

I have been coordinator for the Philip Chamber of Commerce for six years. Before retiring, I was regional financial accountant for Beverly Enterprises for almost 20 years.

Greg Arthur

Family: I have been married to Kathy for close to 29 years. I am the father of three boys, Dustin, Kristopher (wife Leandra) and Andy (wife Kaye) and grandfather to Tayanna.

How long in area: I was born and raised in Philip. I graduated from Philip High School. I moved to Murdo for four years, but came back to my hometown in 1997. I recently moved from Ward II to Ward III.

Why are you the best candidate? I served on the city council for five-and-a-half years, having to resign when I moved to a new ward. Philip is a progressive community and I feel I can play a part in seeing that we continue to grow and provide for our citizens.

I will work with the people of Philip to make our community attractive to new families and businesses. Philip is a great place to live, but there is always something someone can do to make it better.

What are your top strengths for this position? My strengths are prior experience of being on the city council and an ability to make informed and fair decisions for the citizens of our community.

Two seats are open on the three member Midland Town Board. Incumbent Joe Woitte is running for re-election and Nicki Nelson is running to fill the seat that she has recently been filling by nomination. They are running unopposed.

Debbie Trapp of Midland is running for a seat on the board of education of the Kadoka Area School District 35-2. Three people are running for two, three-year positions, Trapp, incumbent Kenneth Graupmann and incumbent Beverly Berry.

The South Dakota primary election is set for June 3rd. In a primary election, people may vote for only candidates in their own political party. All citizens who intend to vote in that election must be registered before May 19th.

The state Democratic Party has chosen to not move forward with inviting independents to vote in this year's Democratic Party primary. Party officials have indicated an intention to invite independents to participate in future primaries. This delay will give auditors and other officials time to adopt statutory or administrative rule changes.

Two candidates are running for Haakon County Commission District IV, incumbant Mel Smith and Nick Konst. Both are running on the Republican ticket. Gary Snook has filed a petition for the unopposed District II seat, to be emptied by the retiring Lawrence Schofield. Snook's grandfather, Clair Snook, was a Haakon County Commissioner from 1965 to 1984.

Patti Rhodes is the only petitioner to file for her current position as county treasurer. Jack Rush is petitioning to continue filling the position of county coroner. Ralph "Chip" Kemnitz is seeking the state's attorney position as well as to be one of the delegates for the Republican party convention.

The national election will be Tuesday, November 4th. Citizens must be registered by October 20th to be able to vote.