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Voters in Vermillion to elect new mayor

VERMILLION, S.D. (KTIV) -- In less than a week, voters in South Dakota will head to the polls for the June primary.

In Vermillion, residents will chose a new mayor.

Current Mayor Dan Christopherson has chosen not to run for reelection.

On the ballot, is longtime Councilman John Powell and Vermillion native Nick Severson.

The new mayor will have to contend with the community's growth spurt if the Hyperion Energy Refinery comes to neighboring Union County.

But, both candidates say they'd rather focus on bringing business to Vermillion.

"I'm actually hoping to lure green collar jobs to the community," said Severson, "you know jobs related to the renewal energy industry. That kind of business is more sustainable than relying on hopes of an oil refinery."

"The city and the city council needs to be prepared for any type of industry that comes into the community, and see that we have the appropriate structures and amenities available, and I don't think it's appropriate to just focus on one industry," said Powell.

Severson's candidacy has been controversial since the 27-year-old pled guilty to marijuana possession earlier this spring.

The mayor's race is non-partisan, and there are no write-ins allowed in South Dakota.

The winner of next Tuesday's primary will get the job.

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