Tuesday was primary day in Minnesota, and 1,099 votes were cast in Watonwan County, according to the official website of the secretary of state.
County Auditor Don Kuhlman, who presides over elections, said that number is comparable to other primary races in mid-term election years. He also said that voting throughout the county went “smoothly.”
Across the state, the team of incumbent Governor Mark Dayton and Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith sailed to victory as expected for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. Dayton will be challenged in November by Jeff Johnson and Bill Kuisle--Johnson was the endorsed candidate. The team of Hannah Nicollet and Tim Gieseke will run for the Independence Party.
Voters in Watonwan County matched up with the state-wide votes in all cases but one case, according to the secretary of state’s website.
Watonwan County voters favored Marty Seifert and Pam Myhra in the Republican race for governor and lieutenant governor, though Johnson and Kuisle won that contest.
In addition, primary day Tuesday was also the final day for filings for local offices in Watonwan County--such as county board of commissioners, mayor, and school board.
Terms on the St. James School Board are four years, but there are no term-limits. This year, the seats of Jennie Firchau, Dustin Anderson, and Bill Brown are up for vote.
Firchau and Anderson filed for re-election, but Brown did not, according to Superintendent Becky Cselovszki. Brent Trickel, Richard Spitzner, Michael Tonsager, Paul Lenz, Jason Malmgren, Robert Mortwedt, and Patrick Casey have also filed.
As for the county, the only contested seat is on the board of commissioners. Mark Rentz, the current chairman, is being opposed by Keith Brekken.
Regarding other county offices, Stephen Lindee filed to remain the county attorney, Scott Sanders filed to remain a county commissioner, Gary Menssen filed to remain sheriff, Joy Sing did likewise for county recorder, Don Kuhlman did so to remain auditor-treasurer, and Rich Enger filed to remain district two supervisor for soil and water.
For more primary results, and more filings for other city, county, and school board posts, please see the rest of this story in the August 14 print edition of the St. James Plaindealer.