Bragg leads in District 15 state representative contest

Republican Ken Bragg had a strong lead late Tuesday evening over Democrat Charles Tadlock for the District 15 seat in the state House of Representatives.

Both Bragg and Tadlock are from Grant County and were seeking the seat in the redrawn district, which includes a portion of Grant, Hot Spring and Jefferson counties, much of that the White Hall area.

Unofficial results — with two of three counties reporting at 11:30 p.m. — showed:

• Bragg — 6,649 votes, 62.14 percent.

• Tadlock — 4,051 votes, 37.86 percent

Bragg, a member of the Sheridan City Council for 16 years, is regional manager for Resource Management, formerly International Paper Co., and said he had 39 years of “business and economic background and I think I can add something to the legislature.”

He said one of the major issues this year is jobs and economic development.

Tadlock is a retired educator and a member of the Sheridan School Board.

He said one of the major issues this year is jobs and improving the economy.

“This district is a little better than some other districts because there’s a little less unemployment in White Hall and Sheridan than there is in some other areas but there’s still room for improvement,” Tadlock said. “We’ve got to continue to improve education because that’s going to be a key.”

Tadlock, who was principal of Sheridan Middle School before his retirement, said he was “against vouchers” that would allow people to enroll their children in any school.