By Ryan Gueningsman
Voters headed to the polls Tuesday to elect candidates to a number of different offices.
Graunke, Vick, and Schansberg elected in Delano Tuesday
In Delano, Dale Graunke beat challengers Harlan Lewis and Larry Bartels, and will become the city’s next mayor in January.
Graunke received 941 votes, Lewis received 776, and Bartels received 550. Current Mayor Joe McDonald did not file and was elected as state representative for District 19B.
For the two city council positions, Dan Vick and Derek Schansberg were the two highest vote-getters, with Vick receiving 1,074, and Schansberg receiving 839.
Also for council, Jon Sutherland received 786 votes, Marc Plese received 569, Dan Gustafson received 380, Jacqui Blasiak received 167, and Jason Thompson received 125.
Blasiak and Thompson indicated prior to the election they did not wish to receive votes and were not actively campaigning; however their names remained on the ballot.
Incumbent Brad Hotchkiss did not file. The other council incumbent, Bartels, ran for mayor.
Delano Public Schools
Timothy Douglas, Patricia Osmon, and Lisa Seguin, all running unopposed, were elected for the three, four-year seats available on the Delano School Board.
Douglas received 2,744 votes, Seguin received 2,426 votes, and Osmon received 2,367. There were also 70 write-in votes.
Carolyn Milano and Erika Kluge Frake, both running unopposed, were elected to the two, two-year positions available on the board.
Milano received 2,619 votes and Kluge Frake received 2,106 votes. There were also 36 write-in votes.
Incumbent Joy Bodin did not file.
In Montrose, Scott F. “Ski” Czanstkowski and Roy Henry Sr. were elected to the two, four-year city council positions. Czanstkowski received 488 votes, and Henry received 346 votes.
Also for council, Jon Varner received 226 votes, Charlie Nelson received 218 votes, Sharon Knodel (incumbent) received 206 votes, and Ryan Andreae (incumbent) received 127 votes. There were also 18 write-in votes cast.
In Loretto, Kent Koch was elected to be Loretto’s next mayor, receiving 189 votes. There were also 120 write-in votes cast, with Tom Van Beusekom receiving 109 of those. Incumbent Barry Andersen did not file.
For Loretto City Council, John “Archie” Neumann received the most votes with 165, and Tom Pedersen received the second-highest with 129. Both were elected to the city council.
Brenda Daniels (incumbent) and Keith Converse also ran and each received 113 votes. There were also four write-in votes cast.
Incumbent Jeff France did not file.
Also for voters in Loretto, the positions of state senate and state representative were on the ballot.
For State Senate District 33, incumbent Gen Olson (24,950 votes) beat her opponent, Monica Dawson (11,554 votes). For state representative 33A, incumbent Steve Smith (12,260 votes) beat his opponent, Denise Bader (5,901 votes).
• Joe Hagerty 35,285 votes
Hagerty ran unopposed to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Sheriff Gary Miller at the end of this year. There were also 358 write-in votes cast for sheriff.
• Tom Kelly (incumbent) 34,357 votes. There were 282 write-in votes cast.
• Robert Hiivala (incumbent) 34,418 votes. There were 299 write-in votes cast.
State Rep. Dist. 19B
Joe McDonald of Delano was elected for a two-year term.
• Joe McDonald 14,770 votes
• Chris Brazelton 7,179 votes
There were also 25 write-in votes.
District 19B consists of communities in eastern Wright County and a small portion of western Hennepin County. These include the cities of Albertville, Delano, Hanover, Montrose, Otsego, Rockford, St. Michael, Waverly; and townships Franklin, Rockford, Victor, and Woodland.
Incumbent Tom Emmer was the Republican-endorsed candidate for Minnesota governor.
State Senate Dist. 19
Amy Koch was elected for a four-year term.
• Amy Koch (incumbent) 27,184 votes
• Jim Bischoff 12,466 votes
There were also 37 write-in votes.
District 19 is made up of all of Wright County except for the following: the cities of Howard Lake, Cokato, and Annandale; and townships of French Lake, Middleville, South Haven, Southside, and Stockholm.
Ballots also featured judicial positions, soil and water conservation district positions, and statewide office positions.
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