On Friday night at the Biesiot Activities Center in Dickinson, the people of District 36 decided who they wanted to take Kelly Armstrong’s vacated seat in the state senate.
Four people were nominated, but the race wasn’t even close.
Jay Elkin, who is a current three term Stark County commissioner, won the District 36 seat with 56 percent of the vote.
“I have a very good relationship as a Stark County commissioner with the citizens of Stark County. I assume the relationship with the people has carried over to this,” said Elkin.
A total of 306 votes were cast, and the other nominees were Marya Skaare, Frank Klein, and Andrew Kordonowy.
Elkin is a fifth generation farmer, and said he wants to be an advocate for the agricultural community in the state legislature.
Rep. Luke Simons of District 36 said he is looking forward to working with him.
“Jay(Elkin) is very thorough- very smart. He has been in politics all his life. It really didn’t surprise me with anything he said”.
Elkin will join representative Simons along with Representative Mike Schatz in the state legislature for District 36.
Armstrong vacated the District 36 senate seat when he was voted into the U.S. Congress by North Dakota voters earlier this month