The state Senate will remain in Republican control after Jeff Howe beat Joe Perske in the Senate District 13 special election. Howe, who currently represents District 13A in the state House, collected 57 percent of the vote. Perske, a current Stearns County commissioner and former Sartell mayor, received 16,108 votes to Howe’s 21,714 votes. The special election was needed when
Rocori school board member Lisa Demuth is the new representative from House District 13A. Republican Demuth won with 61 percent of the votes over Democrat Jim Read. Demuth collected 11,348 votes compared with Read’s 7,243. Demuth will replace Jeff Howe in the state House. Howe won the Senate District 13 race. House District 13A runs from St. Joseph southeast to
Sartell-St. Stephen voters overwhelmingly rejected an operating levy. There were 3,230 yes votes and 4,924 no votes. The levy would have raised $1.8 million to fund operations that were part of the district’s master plan. Incumbents Jeremy Snoberger and Patrick Marushin along with newcomer Amanda Byrd were elected to the Sartell-St. Stephen school board. They will serve four-year terms. In
Ryan Fitzthum will be Sartell’s new mayor. He defeated fellow Sartell City Council member David Peterson. Fitzthum won 53 percent of the vote. Fitzthum collected 3,886 votes compared with Peterson’s 3,402 votes. Fitzthum replaces current Mayor Sarah Jane Nicoll who did not seek re-election. The mayor serves a four-year term. Peterson’s term on the council ends this year. Timothy Elness
Incumbent St. Joseph City Council member Dale Wick lost his bid for re-election in a three-way race for two seats. Voters re-elected Anne Buckvold and elected Brian Theisen to four-terms on the City Council Buckvold received 1,555 votes, Theisen won 1,381 votes and Wick collected 1,013 votes. Buckvold was appointed to the council in May to fill a vacancy created
by Mike Knaak firstname.lastname@example.org A special election that will decide which party controls the Minnesota State Senate and a wide-open race for Stearns County sheriff are key races for St. Joseph voters in the Nov. 6 general election. In the Senate race, Republican Jeff Howe and Democrat Joe Perske are competing for the District 13 seat vacated by longtime Sen.
by Mike Knaak email@example.com A special election that will decide which party controls the Minnesota State Senate and a wide-open race for Stearns County sheriff are key races for Sartell and St. Stephen voters in the Nov. 6 general election. In the Senate race, Republican Jeff Howe and Democrat Joe Perske are competing for the District 13 seat vacated by