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Four run for two spots on Bowman City commission

BOWMAN — Voters will pick between four candidates — two of them incumbents — as their Bowman City commissioner during the primary election on Tuesday.

The commission passes city ordinances and adopt resolutions in accordance with state laws.

The two open positions are city police commissioner, for which incumbent Grace Rea will be running again, and street commissioner. Incumbent street commissioner Bob Wiffler has decided not to run again for the job.

The two elected will be able to decide which position each wants.

Former Bowman mayor Rea is running alongside newcomers Judson Seaman, Darren Limesand and Darrell West.

- Grace Rea: Rea has governed on the city commission for a number of years, holding commissioner positions from 1984 to 1992.

She has served as police commissioner since 2006, working with the department’s budget and making sure equipment works.

“I’ll keep trying my best to keep their best interests and give people in Bowman a voice,” Rea said.

She said she takes pride in decisions that are spending-conscious, particularly recent replacements to sewer and water infrastructure that did not result in higher taxes.

Rea is currently a member of the Bowman City Zoning Board, Bowman Regional Public Library and Dakota West Resource Conservation and Development Board. She retired from farming last fall.

- Judson Seaman: Seaman has only lived in Bowman for three years, but has attended most city commission and zoning meetings because of his professional interest as a realtor.

“I needed to know more about what was going on in my city,” he said.

Seaman works as a realtor and one of the state’s most notable buffalo auctioneers for Key Realty and Auctions, Inc. He has held leadership positions on multiple buffalo trade associations, including the National Bison Association.

As Seaman got to know members of the city commission a little better, they pressed him to make a run in the June 10 elections, Seaman said. He said he would like to see Bowman stay safe first and foremost, considering it the epitome of “ideal small town America.”

Prior to moving to Bowman, Seaman owned and operated a meat processing plant in Rapid City, S.D., managing about 36 employees.

- Darren Limesand: Limesand hopes to use past experience as a banker and investment manager to set fiscally possible policies for Bowman. But, he is also interested in fostering Oil Boom growth.

“The community as a whole here is very vibrant,” he said. “We have a very strong main street, and the school system’s been great.”

Limesand has lived in Bowman for 18 years, and now works as an insurance agent at Western Frontier Insurance Agency.

He served as president of the Bowman Area Chamber of Commerce in 2011, as well as the Bowman Economic Corporation from 2000 to 2002. From 2001 to 2012, he was also president of the Sunrise Foundation, which grants financial assistance to Bowman-based Southwest Healthcare Services, local first responder units and ambulance services.

- Darrell West: West has never held political office, but wants to become a commissioner to ensure a better future for his four young children, with another baby on the way.

“Bowman is still the small town where your neighbor knows your neighbor, and I love that,” he said.

West moved back to his childhood home of Bowman in 2008 after getting laid off from his job out of state. He now works as an EMT with Bowman Ambulance Service, and as a safety and decontamination officer for Southwest Healthcare.

West wants to see a new community center constructed in Bowman.

“Our (community) pool has outlived its life by about four or five years,” he said. “It’s time for a more better center in town.”