Who says one individual’s vote doesn’t make a difference? Not Hassan Abdullahi Yussuf.
After a suspenseful St. Cloud School District recount Aug. 19, Yussuf won the opportunity to be placed on the Nov. 4 ballot over fellow candidate Scott Andreasen by only one vote – Yussuf with 1,317 and Andreasen with 1,316.
In the recent primary election, there was a field of seven at-large candidates, but only six of them can be listed on the November ballot. Among the candidates’ vote totals in the primary, Andreasen came in at sixth place, and Yussuf was in seventh place. There was a paper-thin difference of four votes between the two, Andreasen with 1,321 and Yussuf with 1,317 which prompted the recount.
The votes were recounted at the Stearns County Administration Center in St. Cloud with all votes scrutinized from the 59 precincts in the three-county area involved with the school-board primary election.
The other candidates whose names will appear on the November election for St. Cloud School Board are Michael Conway, Peter Hamerlinck, Bruce Hentges, Bruce Mohs and Jerry VonKorff.