Meet Michael Rohl, Susan Wismer, the candidates seeking the District 1 Senate seat

While one candidate for District 1 Senate is hoping to retain his position in the state legislature, his challenger is hoping to get her seat back.

District 1 includes all or parts of Marshall, Day, Roberts and Brown counties. Prior to redistricting, the district included only the northeastern corner of Brown County.

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Election Day is Nov. 8, but early voting has already started. To find a sample ballot, where to vote and more election information, visit the voter portal on the secretary of state's website at

Michael Rohl, R-Aberdeen, who just finished his first term, is facing a challenge from Susan Wismer, I-Britton, a former state legislator.

Wismer, 66, previously represented District 1 as a Democrat, first as a representative from from 2009-14 and 2017-18, then as senator from 2019-20. She did not seek re-election in 2014, as she ran for governor against incumbent Republican Dennis Daugaard and independent Michael J. Myers. Daugaard won. She is a certified public accountant. She and her sister operate Britton Bookkeeping and Tax Service.

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Michael Rohl, 31, was elected District 1 senator after challenging Wismer for the seat in 2020. He is director of operations for HayJon Inc. and general manager of Rohly’s Bar.

This article originally appeared on Aberdeen News: district 1 senate preview