HURON — Huron voters had two choices to make in the city election Tuesday night at Huron Arena.
The first was whether to elect current commissioner, Kerwin Haeder, as mayor or his opponent Paul Aylward.
The second decision was to determine who would fill Haeder’s commission seat between challengers Gary Harrington and Dick Freske.
Aylward defeated Haeder by garnering 1,896 votes to Haeder’s 1,120.
Aylward, a retired labor leader, ran on a platform stressing his long-time experience working with the city and that he has served on numerous statewide boards and organizations.
He worked for Armour and Company for 15 years before being named executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 59 in March 1984. He retired from that position in October 2011.
Gov. Bill Janklow appointed Aylward to serve on the South Dakota Workers Compensation Advisory Council. He was reappointed by Gov. George Mickelson, Gov. Walter Dale Miller, Janklow again, Gov. Mike Rounds and Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
He was also appointed to the South Dakota Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council by Mickelson, and reappointed by all succeeding governors. Other statewide boards where he has served include the South Dakota Department of Transportation Safety Committee, which established the “Give ‘em a Brake” campaign, and the South Dakota Corrections Commission.
Aylward said his top priorities as mayor would be to improve the downtown business district, street repairs, fiscal responsibility and economic development which focuses on bringing good jobs to Huron.
Harrington won Haeder’s commission seat by getting 1,896 votes to Freske’s 859.
Harrington has lived in Huron for 45 years. A 1972 graduate of Huron College, he has been employed by the state’s Department of Social Services for 38 years.
For the last 11 years, he has been the supervisor of the child support unit for a 15-county area.
Harrington said he is committed to the Huron community. He demonstrates it with his volunteer work. He has participated as a board member in several other areas as well. He said he shares the concerns of many residents to make Huron the best it can be.
Turnout for the election, often runs between 20 and 25 percent, but bond election and a hotly contested mayor’s race saw one in three eligible voters cast ballots (33 percent) which amounts to a 8 percent increase.
The school board’s plan will have all construction completed before the 2015-2016 school year.
Aylward and Harrington will take office in May.
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