Jerauld County Democrat Wins Even Though She Died 2 Months Ago

How do you know that it might be time to re-think your political aspirations? Maybe losing to someone that passed away 2 months earlier would be a sign.

PIERRE, South Dakota – A woman who died two months ago won a county commissioner’s race in Jerauld County on Tuesday.

Democrat Marie Steichen, of Woonsocket, got 100 votes, defeating incumbent Republican Merlin Feistner, of Woonsocket, who had 64 votes.

Jerauld County Auditor Cindy Peterson said she believes the county board will have to meet to appoint a replacement for Steichen. Peterson said she’ll check with the state’s attorney to be sure that’s the process.

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