Hot Springs District 30 Candidates and Fall River County State’s Attorney and Commissioners Forum

HOT SPRINGS – The Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and three city residents, Tim and Cheryl Theusch and Barb Walters, are sponsoring the return of a community political forum where the public can listen to candidates for District 30 Senate and Representative races, Fall River County commissioner seats and the county’s State’s Attorney offices express their perspectives and make voting decisions.

The forum will take place: October 11, from 6:30 – 9:00 pm at The Mueller Center in Hot Springs. 

According to Tim Theusch, this is the fourth time this event has been offered to voters.

The format of the event will consist of three parts. Each candidate will have a minute and a half to share their platform, one minute to answer questions delivered from the audience, and a one minute wrap up at the end of the event.

Those participating in the event will include:

District 30 state races

•State Senator – Democrat challenger Karla LaRive will square off against former State Rep. Lance Russell to replace Sen. Bruce Rampelberg, who Russell unhorsed in the primary challenge for the Republican slot. Both Russell and LaRiver are Hot Springs residents.

•State Representative – Two slots are open after both Russell and Rep. Mike Verchio served their two terms in the State House. Two Republicans and two Democrats are vying for their seats. The Republicans are Julie Frye-Mueller and Tim R. Goodwin, both from Rapid City. The Democrats are Kristine Ina Winter, of Hot Springs and Sandy Arseneault, of Custer.

Fall River races

•Commissioner seats (two) – Joe Allen, Ann Abbott and Paul Nabholz will be joined by solo Democrat challenger Adam Heath in November’s four-way race for three empty county commissioner seats. Allen and Abbott are incumbents. Nabholz and Heath are the challengers.

•State’s attorney – Republican incumbent Jim Sword will face Democrat challenger Patrick Ginsbach. Ginsbach, currently serves as county’s Assistant State’s Attorney.

Theusch and Fall River County SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor Brad Keizer will again moderate the event.

For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 745-4140.

Article courtesy of: Hot Springs Star

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