Baltic mayor survives recall attempt

September 14, 2023

BALTIC, S.D.–The city of Baltic held a special election on Tuesday after a group gathered enough signatures to invoke a recall election of the mayor.

Mayor Deb McIsaac said she is maintaining her commitment to serving the residents of Baltic and is looking forward to brighter events in the city’s future.

The unrest may have stemmed from a disagreement between the city and developer Brian Hefty over the city’s building ordinances.

Last April, the group South Dakota Citizens for Transparent Government collected enough signatures to call the election.

The unofficial count of Tuesday’s vote is 301 votes for Mayor McIsaac and 224 for Jamie Ingemensen, who is a member of the group that gathered the petition signatures.