This election cycle had quite a bit of activity taking place, which meant voters were making some significant decisions, yet again.
In District 26B, State Representative Gregory M. Davids ran uncontested with 94.67% of the votes.
For Governor and Lt. Governor, DFL incumbent Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan won with 52.27% of the statewide votes. However, in Fillmore County, Republican challenger Scott Jensen and Matt Birk captured 57.17% of the vote compared to 40.09% votes for the DFLers. In Houston County, it was more the same. Republicans Jensen and Birk garnered 55.73% of the votes compared to 41.22% for Walz and Flanagan. And, in Mower County, Jensen and Birk were favored with 49.91% of the votes over 46.58% for the Walz team.
In the races for Secretary of State, State Auditor, and Attorney General, it went the same way. All DFL candidates won the statewide election, while voters in Fillmore, Houston, and Mower counties favored the republican candidates. The winners were as follows: Secretary of State – Steve Simon, State Auditor – Julie Blaha, and Attorney General – Keith Ellison.
Republican Brad Finstad beat out DFL challenger Jeff Ettinger for the First Congressional District seat with 53.82% of the votes compared to Ettinger’s 42.31%. All voters in Fillmore, Houston, and Mower counties favored Finstad, as well.
For District 26, State Senator Jeremy Miller retained his seat, reeling in 58.28% of the votes compared to DFL challenger Daniel Wilson’s 38.81%. Legal Marijuana Now contender Eric M. Leitzen pulled in 2.88% of the votes.
In the three county region, there were 11 mayor seats in which there were contested races. Most of the time, in these small towns, when someone gets elected as mayor, nobody else wants that job for a very long time. Apparently, in this election, a lot of people wanted to be mayor of their town.
The most notable races were in Lanesboro and Whalan. In Lanesboro, there were four people running for mayor, with incumbent Jason Resseman pulling in 67.55% of the votes for another victory. In Whalan, we have a different situation. Nobody was on the ballot for mayor. Nobody wanted the job before the election, and nobody still wants the job. According to election results, there were 24 write-in votes. Of that total, there were eight individuals who received votes. Three of those individuals received multiple votes. In a town with a population of 67, it’s hard to find a mayor. Historically speaking, a number of residents have served as mayor for decades at a time. The city will be sorting out their next step soon.
Fountain has made history with their first-ever female mayor voted into office. Tammy Danielson beat Ron Reisner in the election, garnering 56.97% of the votes compared to Ron’s 38.18%.
Should the City of Spring Grove continue to run the Municipal Liquor Store? There were 55.24% of the voters who said “no.” So, the City of Spring Grove will be making some changes.