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Tuesday’s election will determine several local seats
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Nov. 3, 2014

By Kristen Miller
News Editor

Tuesday’s election will determine several local positions, including contested seats such as school board and county sheriff. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Depending on the jurisdiction, the following seats will be on the ballot.

To learn more about the candidates running for contested seats, click here the Voters Guide.

Also, watch for election results on our homepage.

Dassel-Cokato School Board (ISD 466)

Three seats are up for election on the Dassel-Cokato School Board – those currently served by Kevin Bjork, Richard Tormanen, and Rebecca Clemen. Each are four-year terms.

Those who will be on the ballot are Chuck Nelson, Dassel; Wayne Medcraft, Dassel; Bill Aho, Dassel; and Clemen (incumbent).

City of Cokato

In the City of Cokato, there are three seats up for election including two council members (four-year term) and mayor (two-year term).

Incumbent Gordy Erickson is the only person to file for the mayoral position.

The two council seats up for election are those currently served by Jarod Sebring and Dennis Hendrickson. Both incumbents are running for election, along with Paul Boger, who also filed for council.

City of Dassel

There are three seats up for election for the City of Dassel, including that of mayor, a two-year term.

Incumbent Jeffrey Putnam was the only person to file for the mayoral position.

The two council seats up for election are those currently served by Jason Benzing and Wayne Medcraft. Both are four-year terms.

Incumbent Benzing has filed, along with former city clerk, Sherrie Bjork.

City of Darwin

There are three seats open for the City of Darwin, including mayor and two council seats.

Incumbent Josh Johnson was the only person to file for the two-year mayoral position.

The council seats of Lee Peterson and Mark Smith are also up for election. These are four-year terms. Both Peterson and Smith have re-filed.

City of Kingston

There are four seats up for election for the City of Kingston, including that of mayor.

Incumbent Jim Herda was the only person to file for the mayoral position, a two-year term.

The two council seats up for election are those of Jim Nielson and Junice Anderson. These are four-year terms, and both Nielson and Anderson will appear on the ballot.

The office of treasurer, a four-year-term, is also up for election and is currently served by Sandy Smith.

Vanessa Simenson has filed for the office of treasurer.

Wright County

The Wright County Sheriff position is up for election this year and is being contested. Incumbent Joe Hagerty will appear on the ballot, along with Stacy Braun, a member of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.

Meeker County

There are several seats up for election in Meeker County that are being contested, including sheriff, auditor, attorney, and recorder.

Running for Meeker County Sheriff are Brian Cruze, a narcotics investigator with Meeker County; and Jon Thoma, a captain with the sheriff’s office.

Running for Meeker County attorney are Chad Miller of Dassel, a partner in a private legal practice; and Brandi Schiefelbein, a Kingston native and current assistant county attorney.

The district one commissioner seat for residents in Darwin and Darwin Township is up for election.

Incumbent Beth Oberg of Litchfield and Michael Brooks of Darwin are on the ballot.

Running for the auditor position are Wayne Lopez of Litchfield, and incumbent Barb Loch of Grove City.

The position of recorder is also up for election. On the ballot are Priscilla “Pixie” Mumford of Forest City Township, and Christine (Anderson) Paul of Darwin.

State Representative 18A

The Minnesota State Representative District 18A seat is up for election.

Incumbent Dean Urdahl of Grove City has filed, along with Steve Schiroo of Cokato.

Polling locations

The Minnesota Department of State website offers a pollfinder for voters to find their polling location at http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us. Residents within the city limits vote at their respective townhalls, while township residents vote where their township members meet.

• Cokato Township – township hall, 14987 30th Street SW, Cokato.

• Darwin Township – town/city hall, 305 Curran Street, Darwin.

• Dassel Township – Dassel History Center, 901 First Street, Dassel.

• Collinwood Township – township hall, 21904 746th Avenue, Dassel.

• Ellsworth Township - townhall, 19258 CSAH 9, Darwin.

• French Lake Township – township hall, 15460 Co. Rd. 37 NW, Annandale.

• Kingston Township – Kingston Community Center, 30840 722nd Avenue, Kingston.

• Stockholm Township – Stockholm Community Center, 16233 Co. Rd. 30 SW, Cokato.

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