by Logan Gruber
St. Joseph Mayor Rick Schultz will retain his seat, while Dale Wick has retained his seat on the city council, and Matt Killam has been newly elected to the council in the Nov. 4 election.
Schultz garnered 1,117 votes to city council member Bob Loso’s 623. Loso was not up for re-election as a council member, so while he has lost the race for mayor, he will remain on the city council for the remainder of his term. The city’s two precincts both broke down in favor of Schultz. Precinct 1 supported Schultz by a vote of 798-413, while precinct 2 did the same with a vote of 319-210.
Dale Wick remains on the council, winning 752 votes Tuesday. He will be joined by Matt Killam, who had 721 votes. Current council member Steve Frank lost his seat this round, but just barely, with 713 votes. In fourth place was Steve Olson with 555 votes.
Interestingly, Frank led the pack in precinct 1, but precinct 2 is where Wick and Killam pulled ahead of the pack.
Precinct 1 contains all those residing west of CR 121/College Avenue, and precinct 2 contains all those residing east of CR 121/College Avenue.
Schultz was first elected mayor in 2010. He is originally from Alexandria but has lived in St. Joseph for 30 years. He is currently employed with Landis Gyr, a subsidiary of Toshiba. He also currently serves as the chairman of the St. Cloud Area Planning Organization; a board member for the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities; a member of the Independent School District 742 Core Planning Team; and a member of the St. Joseph Lions. He and his wife Tammy have three children and three grandchildren.
Wick has been on the city council since 2002. He is originally from Madison, Minn., but has lived in St. Joseph for 20 years. Wick is the senior digital marketing manager and lead web architect for Wolters Kluwer Financial and Compliance Services. He and his wife Barb have three children.
Killam has been elected to the city council for the first time. He is a loss control analyst at Coborn’s Inc. Killam also serves as the chair for the City of St Joseph’s Planning Commission; the membership chair for the St. Joseph Lions; and, the president of the St. Joseph Splash Pad Coalition. He and his wife Michelle have three children.
The winners of other local races include the following:
St. Joseph Township Supervisor Seat B: Joseph Wilebski, unopposed.
St. Joseph Township Treasurer: Peggy Wilebski, unopposed.
St. Cloud School Board, of which St. Joseph is a part: Bruce Hentges, Jerry Von Korff and Bruce A. Mohs.
Stearns County Sheriff: John Sanner defeated Mark Bromenschenkel 24,962 to 20,685.
Stearns County Attorney: Janelle Kendall defeated Mark Hansen 27,737 to 16,630.
Stearns County Commissioner, District 1: DeWayne Mareck, unopposed.
Stearns County Commissioner, District 5: Steven Notch, unopposed.
State Rep. District 13A: Jeff Howe defeated Emily Jensen 8,562 to 5,572.
State Rep. District 13B: Tim O’Driscoll, unopposed.
State Rep. District 14A: Tama Theis defeated Dan Wolgamott 7,293 to 5,973.
State Rep. District 14B: Jim Knoblach defeated Zachary Dorholt 5,674 to 5,606.
For a complete list of vote totals for all elections, precinct by precinct in Minnesota, visit the website of the Minnesota Secretary of State.