We don’t have to go to court to throw Ken Orrock out of his job; Bennett County voters did that for us Tuesday.
State’s attorney Orrock lost his Republican primary Tuesday night to challenger Sarah Harris, 182 to 62. On the Democratic side, Britt Long defeated Shiloh MacNally 92 to 69. Harris and Long were the only two candidates in the primaries eligible for the job, since they actually have addresses in Bennett County. Orrock and MacNally (registered to vote as Shiloh Marie Buffington) both listed Pennington County addresses on their nominating petitions and are currently registered to vote in Pennington County. State law allows low-population counties (under 5,000) to engage state’s attorneys who live in contiguous counties, but Pennington does not contigue with Bennett.
Orrock has thus been representing Bennett County illegally since 2013. Litigious parties in the neighborhood could take Orrock and Bennett County to court to have him removed, but the voters already have arrange for his replacement at year’s end with either Harris or Long.