by TaLeiza Calloway
Tuesday Aug. 14 marks the date of the state’s primary election. It will set the stage for those vying for office in the general election slated for November 6.
There are no local races in St. Joseph or in St. Joseph Township to be determined in the primary but there are plenty of other state offices that will be determined.
Minnesota has what is referred to as an “open primary.” This means that voters are not required to register with a political party. However, primary voters cannot vote for candidates in more than one political party, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
The following is a list of state offices and candidates as they appear on a sample primary-election ballot in St. Joseph:
U.S. Senator Candidates
Independent: Stephen Williams, Glen R. Anderson Menz.
Republican: Bob Carney Jr., Kurt Bills, David Carlson.
Democratic-Farmer-Labor: Darryl Stanton, Jack Edward Shepard, Amy Klobuchar (incumbent), Dick Franson.
U.S. Representative District 6
Republican: Aubrey Immelman, Michele Bachmann (incumbent), Stephen Thompson.
Democratic-Farmer-Labor: Jim Graves.
State Senator District 13:
Republican: Michelle Fischbach (incumbent), Fadumo Yusuf.
Democratic-Farmer Labor: Peggy Boeck.
Supreme Court Chief Justice: Jill Clark, Dan Griffith, Lorie Skjerven Gildea (incumbent).
Associate Justice 4: Tim Tingelstad, David R. Stras (incumbent), Alan Nelson.
Polling locations will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. For residents living in Precinct 1, which means they live west of College Avenue, their polling place is Kennedy Community School, city staff said. The school is at 1300 Jade Road. Residents living in Precinct 2, those who reside east of College Avenue, will vote at the Community Fire Hall, 323 Fourth Ave. NE in St. Joseph. St. Joseph Township residents can vote at the St. Joseph Township Hall at 935 College Ave. S.