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Illegal Candidates Orrock and MacNally Lose Bennett County State’s Attorney Primary

Kenneth E. Orrock
Kenneth E. Orrock

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.


  1. Good Sense 2016-06-09 07:26

    When you said “we don’t have to go to court” were you personally going to do that or were you speaking figuratively, as in we the people of Bennett County?

  2. Nick Nemec 2016-06-09 09:45

    Cory might not have standing to bring suit on such a case in Bennett County since he isn’t a resident. I read him to mean some citizen of Bennett County.

  3. caheidelberger Post author | 2016-06-09 10:45

    GS, “We”, as in the good people of South Dakota or any fellow subset thereof.

    But on standing, I did drive quickly through Bennett County once… ;-)

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