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Barring new candidates petitioning to have their name placed on the November ballot, races for the Dawes County treasurer and the District 2 county commissioner were decided in last week's primary election.

Sam Wellnitz, who started working in the treasurer's office in March, outpaced his two competitors for the spot of treasurer. Wellnitz tallied 570 votes in the official results, topping former county employee and interim treasurer Rhonda Schleuning, who had 377 votes. Jennifer Dean, who currently works at the Crawford City Hall, finished with 305 votes. 

Wellnitz said Monday he's happy with the outcome, noting that he's hoping the Treasurer's Office and the public can now begin to move forward from the negative perceptions resulting from the conviction of former treasurer Barb Sebesta on several counts of official misconduct. 

"I want to change what people are thinking so they can put their trust behind us again," he said. 

 Incumbent Vic Rivera will retain his District 2 County Commissioner seat, defeating former commissioner Stacy Swinney and former Sioux County commissioner Kevin Lotton. Rivera held on to his seat for another term with 180 votes, followed by Swinney with 114 and Lotton with 67.

The only way for Wellnitz or Rivera to face opponents in the November election will be by petition. Potential candidates will have to have signatures gathered and their petitions turned in by Sept. 1 if they wish to challenge the primary election winners. Candidates who appeared on the primary ballot cannot petition for a spot on the general election ballot.

Incumbent Roy Norgard also retained his seat on the Crawford City Council South Ward race with 79 votes. Opponents Ronnie Thompson and Susan Leeling finished with 60 and 46 respectively.

Dawes County had a 30 percent voter turnout. 

Dawes County Results

County Commissioner – District 2

Vic Rivera – 180

Stacy Swinney – 114

Kevin Lotton – 67

Write-in - 1

County Treasurer

Sam Wellnitz – 570

Jennifer Dean – 305

Rhonda Schleuning - 377

U.S. Senate

Republican

Jack Heidel – 54

Dennis Macek – 49

Deb Fischer – 807

Jeffrey Stein – 41

Todd Watson – 236

Write-in - 2

Democrat

Jane Raybould – 166

Frank Svoboda – 36

Larry Marvin – 25

Chris Janicek - 37

Libertarian

Jim Schultz – 12

Congress

Republican

Kirk Penner – 235

Larry Bolinger – 56

Adrian Smith – 837

Arron Kowalski – 69

Write-in - 1

Democrat

Paul Theobald – 245

Libertarian

Write-in - 1

Governor

Republican

Krystal Gabel – 378

Pete Ricketts – 831

Write-in - 3

Democrat

Vanessa Ward – 86

Tyler Davis – 54

Bob Krist – 127

Libertarian

Write-in - 2

Secretary of State

Republican

Bob Evnen – 507

Debra Perrell – 483

Write-in - 3

Democrat

Spencer Danner – 244

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State Treasurer

Republican

John Murante – 472

Taylor Royal – 516

Write-in - 3

Democrat

Write-in – 14

Libertarian

Write-in - 3

Attorney General

Republican

Doug Peterson – 978

Write-in - 6

Democrat

Evangelos Argyrakis – 232

Libertarian

Write-in - 1

Auditor of Public Accounts

Republican

Charlie Janssen – 938

Write-in - 6

Democrat

Jane Skinner – 248

Libertarian

Write-in - 1

State Board of Education

Robin Stevens – 1,243

Write-in – 5

Crawford City Council – South Ward

Roy Norgard – 79

Susan Leeling – 46

Ronnie Thompson - 60

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