Smith, McEnelly announce for District 22 House

From the left are Mark Smith and John McEnelly

HURON — A pair of Huron natives who have known each other since thy attended grade school together, announced their candidacy Friday, for the District 22 House of Representatives.Mark S. Smith and C. John McEnelly have entered the race on the Democratic ticket. They will face incumbent Republican Roger Chase and another yet-to-be-named  Republican candidate, to fill the spot for which Robert Glanzer had filed before he passed away earlier this spring.

Smith is a Huron High School and Huron College graduate, then served in the Army, where he worked at the Defense Language Institute and in Military Intelligence for the 1st Army HG in Maryland.

He worked for Southern Railway System after his discharge for 11 years, before creating and running Hub City Kansas City Terminals, a freight shipping business.

McEnelly is also a HHS grad and earned his undergraduate degree from Augustana College. He enlisted in the Marine Corps, spending six months in Viet Nam before his discharge in 1970.

He managed Mick’s Milling, a retail farm store, has worked in the insurance business and then returned to college to earn his teaching certificate. McEnelly taught science at Wolsey-Wessington High School for 13 years, and then six years at Chamberlain High School before retiring in 2015.

He has served as a presenter for the Sanford Underground Lab’s outreach program and has been involved with the District 22 Democrats since 2012.

Smith has likewise been involved with the local Democratic party, has volunteered for the Backpack program and volunteers with the MENtor Program at the Washington 4-5 Center, and also drives the DAV bus for veterans to Sioux Falls on a volunteer basis.

See their joint website - - for more information.


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