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Republicans sweep into office

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
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Area voters turned out in large numbers for Tuesday’s mid-term elections. In Fillmore County 9,272 of the 12,110 registered voters (76.56%) came to the polls. Meanwhile in Houston County, 8,600 of 11,602 registered voters (74.13%) turned out to cast votes.While the Republican Party swept control of both houses of Congress, closer to home in Fillmore County the Democrats performed quite well. Vice President Walter Mondale, while losing the state-wide election to Republican Norm Coleman, took Fillmore County by a margin of 4908 to 4085.Democrats Buck Humphrey and Carol Johnson led in Fillmore County for the Secretary of State and State Audtior positions, despite losing to Republicans state-wide by slight margins.Similarly, first time DFL state senate candidate Sharon Ropes took Fillmore County with 53% of the vote before losing the district race to Winona businessman Robert Kierlin in District 31. Republican State Representative Greg Davids will return to St. Paul representing Distrtict 31 B. Davids edged DFL candidate Al Hein by slightly more than 1,000 votes in their race for the state house seat.Independence Party candidate for governor, Tim Penny, took Fillmore County by a wide margin with 47% of the vote. Below is a summary of federal and state election results in Fillmore County. Bold indicates overall winner.FEDERAL ELECTIONSU.S. Senator •GP-Ray Tricomo 37•IP-Jim Moore 299•R-Norm Coleman 4085•DFL-Walter Mondale 4908•CON-Miro Kovatchevich 11

U.S. Representative District 1•GP-Greg Mikkelson 241•R-Gil Gutknecht 5710•DFL-Steve Andreason 3250

STATE ELECTIONSGovernor•GP-Ken Pentel 101•IP-Timothy Penny 4429•R-Tim Pawlenty 2951•DFL-Roger Moe 1730•CON-Lawrence Aeschliman 12•I-Booker Hodges IV 20•SWP-Kari Sachs 8

Secretary of State•GP-Andrew Koebrick 165•IP-Dean Alger 575•R-Mary Kiffmeyer 4149•DFL-Hubert Humphrey 4185

State Auditor•GP-Dave Berger 229•IP-Dave Hutcheson 913•R-Patricia Anderson Awada 3783•DFL-Carol Johnson 3885

Attorney General•IP-Dale Nathan 572•R-Tom Kelley 3800•DFL-Mike Hatch 4603

State Senator District 31•R-Bob Kierlin 3697•DFL-Sharon Ropes 4295

State Representative D-31B•R-Greg Davids 4708•DFL-Al Hein 3423

COUNTY ELECTIONSThe Fillmore County Board of Commissioners will stay relatively unchanged as both Duane Bakke and Randall Dahl won re-election. Newcomer Chuck Amunrud, who ran unopposed in the newly aligned District 3, will take over for Harry Root who did not seek re-election. Helen Bicknese, who also ran unopposed, will return for a two year term as Commisisoner in District 1.The contest to replace Matt Opat as County Attorney was hotly contested with Brett Corson of Wykoff emerging victorious.Below is a summary of key county contests in Fillmore County. Bold indicates overall winner.

County Commissioner Dist. 2•Randall Dahl 1042•Donald Boyum 760

County Commissioner Dist. 4•Duane Bakke 1150•Sandra Benson 891

County Attorney•Brett Corson 4785•Eric Herendeen 3904

CITY ELECTIONSThere were several exciting city elections in Fillmore County. In Preston, a grass roots write-in campaign, that started two weeks ago, helped elect Dave Pechulis over long time Mayor Clarence Quanrud. Mike McGarvey, who was also part of the write-in campaign was elected to one of two council member seats.There was a tight race in Wykoff where incumbent mayor Leroy Eickhoff edged Randy Mensink by four votes. In other contests, the Mabel-Canton School referendum was defeated, while Peterson residents voted in favor of a Sunday liquor license for the Peterson Legion. In Spring Valley, voters approved a Sunday Liquor referendum by four votes.Below is summary of votes in city elections in Fillmore County. Bold indicates overall winner.

CANTONMayor (2 year)•Donivee Johnson 92•Write in Donald Helgeson 72City Council (2 seats, 4 year) •Russell Richardson 81•Henry Selden 102•Kim Bakke 50•Eugene Winslow 15•Randy Gossman 56

CHATFIELDMayor (2 year)•Curt Sorenson 588•Neil Snider 365•John McBroom 138City Council (2 seats, 4 year) •Jeremy Wangen 283•Merlin Iverson 380•Les Knutson 483•Paul Novotny 512•Jon Martin 373

FOUNTAINMayor (2 year)•Richard Kujath 160City Council (2 seats, 4 year)•Jim Schott 146•Write in - Bryan Ostby 16•Write in - Tom Larson 14

HARMONYMayor (2 year)•David Runkel 390City Council (2 seats, 4 year) •Sherry Hines356•Gerald Shuck 338

LANESBOROMayor (2 year)•Carla Noack200•Robert Nordby 8•Steve Rahn262City Council (1 seat, 2 year)•Joe O’Connor428City Council (2 seats, 4 year)•Kevin Drake281•Karen Scheevel 199•J.T. Tuft 59•Jerome Halvorson 247•Write in 61

MABELMayor (2 year)•James Westby 259•Karen Norby 93City Council (2 seats, 4 year)•Terry Torkelson 291•Brian Street 283

OSTRANDERMayor (2 year)•Linda Schwenn 112•Victor Feine 37City Council (1 seat, 4 year)•Pamela Kunert 89•Merlin Christenson 103•Write in 53City Council (1 seat, 2 year)•John Schraeder 45•Jessie Vlasak 101

PETERSONMayor (2 year)•Richard Lee 113City Council (2 seats, 4 year)•Keith Peterson 97•Randall Benson 105

PRESTONMayor (2 year)•Clarence Quanrud 220•Greg Johnson 119•Write in Dave Pechulis 303City Council (2 seats, 4 year)•Dennis Clausen 84•Mike Sveen 169•Heath Mensink 454•Eugene Major 140•Write in Mike McGarvey 326

RUSHFORD - no city elections.

RUSHFORD VILLAGEMayor (2 year)•Gordon Johnson 261•Lori Peterson 115City Council (1 seat, 4 year)•Dale Schwanke 337City Clerk (1 seat, 4 year)•Judy Graham 338•Write in 10

SPRING VALLEYMayor (2 year)•Jim Struzyk 858•Write in 50City Council (1 seat, 2 year)•Bill Biers 924•Write in 17City Council (2 seats, 4 year)•Mike Hadland 594•Deb Staley 533•Dennis Colton 633•Write in 52

WHALANMayor (2 year)•Dean Hughes 26City Council (2 seats, 4 year)•Sheila McCallson 6•Patrice Carlsen 5•Robert Engen 22•Everett Johnson 25•Margaret Chiglo - appointed to fill the unfinished term of Doris Peterson.

WYKOFFMayor (2 year)•Kevin Comstock 16•Leroy Eickhoff 116•Randy Mensink 112

City Council (2 seats, 4 year)•Jeremy Comstock 155•Michael Sabatke 176•Write in 82

OTHER CONTESTSMabel-Canton School District 238 levy referendum•Yes 390•No 467

Peterson City Question Sunday Liquor•Yes 60•No 49

Rushford School Board•Dorothy Pettit 362•David Boe 755•Jon Peterson 779•Stan Gudmundson 244•Chuck Eidenschink 1105•Write in 605

Spring Valley City Queston Sunday Liquor•Yes 476•No 472

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