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Borrell, Wozniak advance to general election
Aug. 20, 2012

The field has been narrowed to two in the race to be Wright County’s next commissioner representing southern Wright County.

In the fifth district, there were eight candidates on the ballot, though candidate Paul Schoborg withdrew from the race, but not until after the deadline, so his name still appeared on the ballot.

Leonard Wozniak of Stockholm Township near Cokato and Charlie Borrell of Waverly both received more votes than incumbent Richard “Dick” Mattson; therefore Borrell and Wozniak will appear on November’s ballot.

Borrell had 367 votes, Wozniak received 340 votes, and Mattson was third in line with 313 votes.

Candidate Dan Vick had 247 votes, while Vickie Nibbe had 175 votes, Larry Bartels had 132 of the votes, Tom LaPlant had 36, and Schoborg had 28 votes.

Four commissioner districts in Wright County conducted primaries. Only one current commissioner will remain on the board in January.

In Wright County District 2, the recent redistricting process placed commissioners Rose Thelen and Pat Sawatzke in the same district.

Thelen received the most votes, with 597, and Sawatzke received 563, defeating challengers Barry Kukowski (268) and Joseph Doyle (90), and pitting Thelen and Sawatzke in a head-to-head race in November.

In District 1, Christine Husom (577) and Fred Naaktgeboren (550) received more votes than the other three candidates, and will advance to the general election. Other candidates were Duane Olson (162), Thomas Huffman (148), and Dan Snabb (75).

In District 4, Mary Wetter (229) and Michael (Mike) Potter (199) will advance, receiving more votes than the other three candidates; David Dayton (184), Mike Beyer (147), and Matt Walker (137).

In Wright County, of 69,839 registered voters, 6,678 turned out for the primaries.

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said statewide voter turnout in the primary is estimated at 9 percent of eligible voters.

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