It’s Election Day in Watertown; mayoral, city council, school board races to be decided

June 15, 2021
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–All the campaigning is done in Watertown. Now it’s time to decide the races.

Today is Election Day. All voting takes place in the Watertown Civic Arena from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Voters will decide the mayor’s race between incumbent Sarah Caron and Ried Holien. The mayor’s job moves from a full-time position, and an annual salary of more than $80,000, to a part-time job with a $36,000 salary as of July 1st, when new City Manager Amanda Mack comes on board.

Six city council seats will be filled. Four of those six races are contested.

In Ward A, MIke Danforth is running against Kay Solberg. The Ward B race features incumbent Jason Redemske facing Colin Paulsen. In Ward C, Councilman Michael Heuer is running for re-election against Dan Schutte. The Ward D and E candidates, Bruce Buhler and Glen Vilhauer, are running unopposed.

Three school board candidates are on the ballot today, running for two openings after current members Stephanie Lenards and Scott Hardie chose not to run again.

The candidates looking to replace them are Stephan Tjaden, Jon Iverson and Kari Lohr.

We’ll have election night results after the polls close on KWAT.