There are three Candidates competing for the District 2 Codington County Commission seat and that number will be reduced to two after the June 2nd primary.  That Republican Race is a contest between incumbent Charley Waterman and his challenger Jim Didier. The two Republican candidates and the Democractic challenger came together at a recent Watertown Chamber sponsored forum. Charley Waterman resides in Fuller township and is a business owner in Watertown. He formerly farmed and ranched in the Mobridge area.  The candidates were asked what they feel are the most important issues facing Codington County residents Charley Waterman was first to comment:

Republican Jim Didier is also running in District two.  He and his wife moved to Watertown in 2016 after serving 9 years in the Airforce and 32 years in Civil Service Fire Protection.  He was raised in Colorado but moved to South Dakota.  His wife is originally from Summit and still has family here. He was asked what are the most important issues facing the county.  He says front and center is the virus and the impact it’s having on the economy.  He cited three Watertown Businesses who initiated recent layoffs:

Whoever wins the upcoming Republican primary in June will face off against Democrat Travis Paulsen in the November election.  Paulsen grew up on a farm near Wallace that has been in the family since 1908 when his great grandfather came to this area from Norway. He graduated from Florence High School. He went on to obtain a degree in Construction Management.  When his father passed in 2000 they moved back to the farm where he and his family continue to operate the farm and a construction business.  When asked what challenges lie ahead for the county Paulsen said immediate is the Covid19 Virus followed by a need to shore up the local ag economy:

Next week we'll be hearing from the three District Five Republican candidates running for the state house.  There are three individuals competing for two seats in that Republican Primary.